Germany is the largest national economy in Europe and the fourth-largest by nominal GDP in the world. The service sector contributes around 70 percent of the total GDP, industry 29.1 percent, and agriculture 0.9 percent. Most of the country's products are in engineering, especially in automobiles, machinery, metals, and chemical goods. Exports account for more than one-third of national output.
To continue to develop the country's exports, German needs to keep developing it's work force. There is a shortage of skilled workers and the country, along with other countries in Europe, is seeking professionals in mathematics, IT, natural sciences, and technology/engineering.
The Blue Card is an approved EU-wide work permit that allows highly-skilled non-EU citizens to work and live in any country within the European Union (excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom). The visa seeks to create a more unified immigration structure and solve the issues of a shrinking labor force and ageing population by recruiting highly skilled workers with specialized skills.
The EU Directive on the Blue Card became part of German law on August 1st, 2012.
The card offers a one-track procedure for non-EU citizens to apply for a work permit. It is given a priority review so that the process is considerably accelerated.
The visa is renewable and valid for two years, depending on the country of issue and other factors. It has a multitude of other unique benefits. After 18 months, Blue Card holders may move to another country within the EU. After two years, Blue Card holders hold equal status with citizens and long-term residents of the EU in regard to access to well-paid jobs.
If you don't have a position in Germany, the International Placement Service (ZAV) is a part of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA) provides a site to search for jobs. E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the service by phone on +49 (0) 228 - 713 1313.
To see if you qualify, fill out the Quick Check.
Applications should be made at the Ausländerbehörde.
The EU Blue Card Network also provides information on the process. Applicants can register online and list their credentials and CV for free.
If you are a citizen or permanent resident of a country located outside the EU or EEA which does not enjoy visa exemption with the Schengen Area, you will need to obtain a Schengen Visa before traveling to the region. A Schengen Visa allows unlimited travel within the area for a period of up to 90 days within a 6-month period, but cannot be extended. If you plan to visit more than one country within the Schengen Area, you must apply for the Schengen Visa through the embassy or consulate of the country where you plan to spend the most time during your visit.
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