The EU Blue Card

The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit for nationals of countries other than those falling under the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA). 
It is designed to make the immigration process easier and Germany more attractive for skilled workers of these countries. It is necessary that the applicant is a university graduates or has a comparable qualification to receive a residence title for the purpose of employment suiting their qualification.


  • Working and salary conditions equal to nationals
  • Free movement within the Schengen area
  • Entitlement to a series of socio-economic rights (e.g. unemployment benefit)
  • Favourable conditions for family reunification
  • Permanent residence perspective
  • Freedom of association


  • Non-EU citizenship
  • Educated or skilled
  • Work contract or binding job offer


  •  a university degree and
  • a job in Germany with a minimum annual salary of €47,600 or
  • a degree in certain professions in which specialists are in short supply in Germany (so-called shortage occupations), such as scientists, mathematicians, engineers, doctors and IT professionals with a minimum annual salary of €37,128.