The EU Blue Card has made working in the European Union far easier for non-EU citizens. The primary purpose of the EU Blue Card is to ensure ease of access for highly qualified professionals looking to work in Europe. In this goal it has largely succeeded. Furthermore, it has aimed to bring workers from other parts of the world to Europe in areas where there are employment shortages. For example, in Germany such areas include engineering, science, medicine and IT.

Overall, the EU Blue Card has been a success story. Europe has become a more attractive location for highly qualified individuals from third countries. With the EU Blue Card allowing third-country professionals to benefit from similar rights as their EU citizen counterparts it has been hugely successful in bringing external professionals and innovators to Europe.

However, there will be changes to the EU Blue Card salary requirements in Germany for 2021. This article will outline these changes and what they mean. Furthermore, it will provide an insight into the features of the EU Blue Card. Should you require more information about the EU Blue Card make sure to contact us directly using our contact details below.

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What are the Changes to the EU Blue Card Salary Requirements?

The minimum amount a person can earn and still be eligible for an EU Blue Card is rising from €55,200 to €56,800. Broken down, this translates to €4,733 per month. These figures are the requirements for positions without work shortages. When it comes to positions in areas with work shortages, the salary requirements are also rising. Before the changes, the minimum amount a person had to earn was €43,056 a year (or €3,588 per month). In 2021 this will be changed to €44,304 or €3,692 per month. Areas in which there are work shortages refer to information and communications specialists, engineers, medical doctors and mathematicians.

This change in the EU Blue Card salary requirements will be implemented at the very start of the year with January 1st, 2021 as the introduction date. This will mean that employers will have to budget for this increase should they wish to hire professionals on EU Blue Cards or renew the EU Blue Cards of current holders. It is also the case for pending EU Blue Card applications. However, should they have individuals in their firm currently on EU Blue Cards, which do not require renewal, the company will not need to make any major changes.

The changes are not hugely different when it comes to the figures, although it does amount to an approximately 3% rise. However, the EU Blue Card is designed to bring in highly qualified individuals, and firms should balance the cost of hiring such individuals with the benefit they may bring to the company. The innovation that such individuals bring to a firm may result in greater profit for the enterprise.


Benefits of the EU Blue Card

There are many benefits associated with the EU Blue Card. The professional themselves have an easier right of access to Germany in terms of living and working there. Should they wish to pursue a residence permit, the time-frame for application is after 33 months of living in Germany which can be reduced to 21 months should they show the required German language skills. In this case, the requirement is a B1 level of German.

While working in Germany, the EU Blue Card holder benefits from the same employment rights as their German and EU counterparts. Furthermore, the EU Blue Card allows for family reunification as the worker’s spouse, and children can join them in the EU. Finally, the EU Blue Card holder benefits from freedom of movement within Europe while residing in the continent.

In terms of benefits for companies, the EU Blue Card allows them to access a far bigger pool from which to pick their employees. The EU Blue Card opens the wider world should they require a highly qualified professional in a certain area. This means that companies benefit from hiring the brightest and most creative minds from around the world, which can mean bringing new working practices to their company.

When it comes to bringing highly qualified professionals from outside Europe, another option available for companies is the Intra-Corporate Transfer Card (ICT Card). However, there are differences between the two options as the ICT Card is designed for transfers within individual companies. For more information about the ICT Card, make sure to visit our page on the topic.


Legal Basis for the EU Blue Card in Germany

Like in most EU countries, the EU Blue Card is valid and used widely in Germany. It is derived from the EU Directive 2009/50/EC and transposed into German law by § 18b German Residence Act. The EU Blue Card is available in nearly all European countries. Denmark and Ireland are the exceptions to the rule as current EU members who do not use the EU Blue Card. The UK also does not use the EU Blue Card mechanism.

It is worth noting that the salary requirements are different across the continent with them, reflecting the individual Member States’ requirements. Therefore, do not expect the same salary requirements for Germany to be the same as Luxembourg.


Immigration Law Firm for EU Blue Card Salary and Other Issues

In issues relating to immigration law and residence permits, including those concerning the EU Blue Cards such as its salary and other requirements, make sure to contact Schlun & Elseven Attorneys. As a full-service, multidisciplinary law firm, we provide assistance and counsel in various legal fields. Complementing our knowledge of immigration law with that of corporate and employment law is of great assistance to us when it comes to issues around the EU Blue Card.

Our firm is based in the German cities of Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf. However, we also have meeting room facilities in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. We have a diverse range of clients worldwide, and we advise professionals and business leaders.

Frequently we work with people whose first language is not German, and therefore we place great value in our communication skills. Our lawyers converse with our clients in English as well as German. Ensuring that nothing gets lost in translation is key to keeping on the same page with our clients when it comes to our goals. Should you need more personalised advice relating to your situation, contact our office directly.

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