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Germany’s Skilled Immigration Act

Germany’s new skilled immigration law is designed to attract highly qualified professionals from non-European Union countries.

Law which widens the possibilities by making it easier for skilled workers with vocational, non-academic training from outside EU countries to migrate to Germany to work.

The German government has introduced new legislation that permits skilled workers with evident expertise to apply for a work permit and settle in Germany using legal channels to cope-up with the shortage of skillful professionals. On March 1, 2020, the new Skilled Immigration Act came into effect.

It has always been difficult for foreigners to come to Germany for work. For a long time, political pioneers have demanded the nation wasn’t seeking after dynamic immigration policies. However, Since Germany is deficient with regards to talented workers, this has changed to keep the economy going.

According to the portal launched by the federal government, named “Make it in Germany” to complement the legislation, the new law expands the framework under which non-European Union skilled foreigners can move to work in Germany. 

Meaning of the certified proficient: People who have either finished qualified professional training in Germany or people who have procured a professional qualification abroad which has been recognized as equivalent to German qualified professional training and higher education degree.

Accessing the labour market: The certified proficient should have a business contract or a particular proposition for employment and qualification recognized in Germany resulting in the elimination of the priority check of the Federal Employment Agency (BA). It implies that there is no check regarding the availability of a candidate from Germany or the EU for the particular work.

Employment possibility: A certified proficient may practice an occupation for which the person is qualified. Additionally, qualified experts with educational degrees can likewise work in positions that don’t need a tertiary academic degree; they can also work in different occupations that are related to their educational degree and which typically require a professional, non-academic qualification.

Coming to Germany to search for a job: Professionals, who are ready to travel with suitable training in search of a job, will be given a residence permit for up to a half year.

The precondition for this is that the qualification is needed to be recognized by the significant body in Germany and the individual can uphold themselves for the term of their visit and has the vital German language proficiency for the ideal occupation. For the most part, German language abilities at the minimum B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages are required. During the time spent in Germany searching for a job, on preliminary basis employment of up to 10hours a week is possible. It allows a business and the qualified proficient to see whether they are fit for one another.

After four years (earlier: five years), Foreign qualified experts can get a permanent settlement permit.

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