The leaders of the ruling coalition are in agreement in at least one things since November last year: Germany needs more qualified workers from abroad. And preferably immediately or sooner. Never has the demand been so much higher than the supply in the current German labor market. The solution: a so-called “blue card”, which is not only supposed to alleviate the growing deficit of qualified workers, but also to simplify the process for highly skilled foreigners to work in Germany:
Show me your “blue card” and you are welcome!
The new “blue card” for highly skilled foreign nationals is an entry, residency and work permit all in one. Those who have a university degree and a work contract with an annual salary of at least ‚ā¨44 000 can now enter Germany to work and, after 2 years and with good German language skills and a current job contract – permanent residency. For engineers and doctors of the lower salarly limit is only ‚ā¨34 900 to get the blue card. Those who will earn more than ‚ā¨48 000 a year are eligible for an indefinite work permit but could lose it if they claim benefits in Germany within the first three years residency
The case for the Blue Card:
- Between 2000 – 2004 some 18 000 experts in the information-technology industry moved from from non-EU States to Germany – unfortunately too few.
- Between 2005 – 2009 is the number of highly-skilled immigrants rose – but still not sufficiently (in 2009 there were a total of about 16 000)
- By 2025, according to the Federal Employment Agency, some 6.5 million professionals will be needed and at least 2 million of them will have to migrate to Germany.
- Approximately 3 500 new Blue Cards will, according to the federal government, be issued soon.
- After gaining a degree from a German university foreign graduates will now have 18 instead of the current 12 months to find a suitable job
- Foreign “Blue Card” professionals with a university degree and enough money to live can spend up to 6 months looking for a job in Germany.
The case against:
- “The wrong type of welcome signal” (German Chamber of Industry and Commerce DIHK)
- “The interests of the individual ‚Ä¶ won’t be satisfied ‚Ä¶ with this new law” (The Left)
- “Instead of lowering the bar for an indefinite residency permit for highly qualified workers, legally impermissible rules for the settlement of those professionals are being tested.
The Federal Government’s new rules to reduce skills-shortages in Germany are designed in particular for foreign experts such as scientists, mathematicians, engineers, doctors and IT professionals. Nevertheless, we see in the new “Blue Card” in a positive light. Because, according to recent studies including our own here at designerdock, highly trained creative personnel are also in short supply. Namely online experts in the digital communication industries.
But the biggest advantage is, in our opinion, the dissolution of rigid structures which will provide more room for inspiration and dialog. And thus more room for creativity too!
It seems that those who are good at what they do are always in demand and welcome everywhere. Especially at a time when the clock is ticking to the rhythm of the future. What do you think about the new “blue card”? Let us know your thoughts, opinions or concerns.