EU work permit: How to arrange a Blue Card for your employee

If you’re not from the EU, but you want to live and work here, there’s one document you’ll need to get your hands on.

Just like the Green Card in the US, the Blue Card is a highly desireable document for many non-EU citizens. Any European employer that wants to hire a new non-EU citizen will need to make sure their employee has a Blue Card. Here’s what you need to know if you want to help them get their card.

Who is entitled to a Blue Card?

Non-EU citizen are eligable to apply for a Blue Card so long as they fulfil the following requirements:

  • They have graduated from a third-level education in Germany or elsewhere and have a university degree
  • They earn at least €3,967 monthly (before tax) or €3,094 monthly if they are an engineer, scientist, doctor, mathematician or IT professional.

The family members of anyone in posession of a Blue Card are also automatically entitled to work in Germany.

How can I apply for one?

If your employee meets the qualifications, you’ll first need to get the allowance of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency). You should apply for a Blue Card before you (or the person you are applying for) arrive in Germany. To do this you’ll need to send an official application with copies of all the necessary documents:

  • A valid passport
  • A biometric photo: (35mm x 45mm)
  • University degree
  • Work contract
  • The completed application forms: i) for granting a stay title (Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels) ii) Application for permission of an employment (Antrag auf Erlaubnis einer Beschäftigung) and iii) Work Place description (Stellenbeschreibung).

You can get the necessary forms by contacting the appropriate foreign authority here.

How long is it valid?

Blue Cards are valid for a maximum of four years. If the work contract lasts for less than four years, the Blue Card will be valid for that amount of time plus an additional three months. After 18 months of working in Germany, the employee is also entitled to live and work in other EU states.

Feature image: Flag of the European Union via Shutterstock / copyright: Chantal de Bruijne

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