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GERMANY, Immigration into a stable future German Blue Card Residency (EU) by Nils Kopp

INTRODUCING GERMANY German Entrepreneurial Residency Program

According to the statistics of recent years, Germany is considered an immigration country. Due to the multifaceted possibilities in Germany, not only one reason for Germany’s popularity can be mentioned as a destination country.

Our experience shows that not only highly qualified workers are interested in Germany, but also young talents, who first aim to study in Germany and then find their way into working life alongside. Starting with the younger generation, there have been changes in trends through individual independence and global connectivity. Inspiration and infinite possibilities lead to global rethinking: talent immigration, further training and future prospects in the profession.

Escape or exact preparation?

Look at an average citizen and ask him or her if he or she wants to make a fresh start abroad. Of course the answer is “yes”. Free schooling is very attractive in Germany and the chances of later obtaining a career with promotion opportunities in Germany are very high. We are talking here about highly qualified workers and talents.

Wealthy families and even individuals at their prime decide to continue their future in Germany. What thought plays a role here and what is the motivation behind it? Security and global mobility are more in demand today than ever and of course a high privilege in Germany and large parts of Europe. However, it is not so much about the idea of leaving one’s home country as about the future path, education and health aspects of the offspring: Families preferably prepare their children in countries where education offers several alternatives and individual solutions.

With the introduction of the Blue Card (EU) for highly qualified immigrants, which is one of the most popular models since its introduction, there is a right to a settlement permit after only 21 months. The residence permit for highly qualified immigrants is initially limited, but has enormous potential and possibilities, especially for family members.

Requirements of the Blue Card in Germany

The requirements for obtaining the Blue Card are very clear. On the one hand, the annual minimum salary limit of 53,600 EUR gross (2019) applies and, on the other hand, proof of completed university studies.

To check the requirements step by step, ask yourself the following questions. Are you a non-EU citizen? Do you have a university degree? Has the degree been obtained in Germany? If these questions can be answered with “Yes”, then only the question of salary remains.

Will your annual salary be 552 00 EUR (salary requirement 2020) gross annually or more? If not, then the following conditions apply.

Even if your salary is below the 55 200 EUR mentioned above, you still have the following option. Is the job a MINT profession (mathematics / information technology / natural sciences / technology) or a doctor’s job and does it pay 43 059 EUR per year or more? In this case, the Federal Employment Agency must approve if the degree was not obtained in Germany.

If the degree was not obtained in Germany, the qualification must either be recognised or comparable to a German university degree.

Citizens of the USA, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and South Korea do not need a visa to travel to Germany and work there.

An alternative is the investment into a company. This is in particular, if you have a minimum of about 200,000 EUR, you can start your own start-up company, take part in the operation of an existing start-up company, receive a blue card, and convert to permanent residence.

Benefits particularly attractive for families

However, this should only be the beginning of the journey, because we have announced the destination of the settlement permit. The earliest possible receipt of the settlement permit is already possible after 21 months, but is also subject to some conditions. But more interesting in this respect are the advantages, which are unique with this immigration program.

Starting with the relocation process, there is often talk of the wish for a residence permit, but it should become clear which advantages are offered during the stay. For the application of the residence permit the family members, i.e. the spouse and children under the age of 18 are included. Not only that the spouse receives a residence permit, but also a work permit.

While the family members receive a guaranteed residence permit, this type of employment immigration offers an employment status of at least 21 months (on average 24 months) in Germany. In this respect, there are further advantages, such as national pension payments and coverage of the statutory health insurance.

Germany is considered a strong welfare state. Compulsory insurance as an employee in Germany offers security for the whole family. An employee in Germany is compulsorily insured, whereby the family members are automatically insured free of contribution with health insurance. In addition to health insurance and pension insurance, accident insurance, long-term care insurance and unemployment insurance are part of social insurance in Germany.

But that is not all. The legal residence in Germany entitles you to child benefit. As a result of the current increase, child benefit rose by ten EUR from the current level of 194 EUR per child to 204 EUR from 1 July 2019. Advantages and benefits as a family in Germany are highly respected. In addition to child benefit, working parents are entitled to the financial family benefits Parental Allowance and Parental Allowance Plus. If you are pregnant in Germany, you are entitled to maternity benefit. Thus, women who expect a child are entitled to maternity leave six weeks before and eight weeks after the birth. Women who are members of a statutory health insurance fund receive up to 13 EUR a day.

Nils Kopp


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