The EU Blue Card has made working in the European Union 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. 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.

The EU Blue Card salary requirements in Germany change every year, and therefore applicants need to stay ahead of those developments. This article will outline these changes and what they mean. Should you require specific legal advice regarding matters relating to the EU Blue Card, please do not hesitate to contact us directly using our contact details.

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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 for 2023 is €58,400. Broken down, this translates to €4,867 per month. These figures are the requirements for positions without work shortages.

Regarding jobs in areas with work shortages, the salary requirement for 2023 is that someone needs to earn €45,552 a year (or €3,796 per month). Areas with work shortages include information and communications specialists, engineers, medical doctors and mathematicians.

This change in the EU Blue Card salary requirements has been in place since  January 1st, 2023, and it means that employers need to budget for this figure 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 significant changes.

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.


Benefits of the EU Blue Card

There are many benefits associated with the EU Blue Card for employers and employees.

The professionals themselves have a more accessible right of access to Germany to live and work there. Should they wish to pursue a permanent 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.

In terms of benefits for companies, the EU Blue Card allows them to access a far bigger pool to pick their employees. The EU Blue Card opens the wider world should they require a highly qualified professional in a specific area, and therefore, allows companies benefit from hiring the brightest and most creative minds worldwide.

Regarding 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.


Legal Basis for the EU Blue Card in Germany

Like 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 ii 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 do not use the EU Blue Card.

It is worth noting that the salary requirements differ across the continent, reflecting the individual Member States’ needs. Therefore, do not expect the exact 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, please do not hesitate to contact Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte.

As a full-service, multidisciplinary law firm, we provide assistance and counsel in various legal fields. Complementing our knowledge of immigration law with corporate and employment law is of excellent service to us regarding issues around the EU Blue Card.

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