Germany – Consulates and Immigration Authorities Experience Long Wait Times

Posted on December 4, 2017

  Currently, many German Embassies and Consulates are offering appointments for entry visa applications that take about 3-5 months to obtain.  Foreign nationals that have previously resided in Germany result in longer processing of about 3-6 weeks as they would… Read more »

Germany – Increase in EU Blue Card Salary

Posted on November 14, 2017

  Beginning January 1, 2018, the minimum salary for the EU Blue Card in Germany will increase from EUR 50,800 to EUR 52,000.  The salary threshold for certain shortage occupations will increase from EUR 39,624 to EUR 40,560. Foreign nationals… Read more »

Germany – New Intra-Company Transfer Permits Introduced

Posted on September 18, 2017

    Germany has introduced new processes for intra-company transfers, which implement the European Union intra-company transfer (ICT) directive (Directive 2014/66/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the conditions of entry and residence… Read more »

Germany – REST Directive Implemented

Posted on August 28, 2017

The REST Directive has been implemented by German Parliament, effective August 1, 2017. For all EU countries that have implemented the REST Directive, besides UK, Ireland and Denmark, as they have opted out, foreign national students will be able to… Read more »

Germany – ICT Directive Implemented

Posted on August 28, 2017

On March 9th. 2017, the German parliament implemented the Directives 2014/66/EC (ICT) 2014/36 /EC (Seasonal Workers) and 2016/801/EC (REST), which will become effective once published in the official journal.   The ICT permit will allow a foreign national to work… Read more »

Germany – Minimum wage and EU Blue Salary Increase

Posted on December 9, 2016

Beginning January 1, 2017, the national minimum wage in Germany will be raised from 8.50 Euro to 8.84 Euro per hour.  The increase will result in a gross minimum salary of 1,532 per month for a 40 hour work week,… Read more »

Germany – Registration of Address

Posted on August 5, 2016

In November 2015, the German government released immigration guidelines stating that all foreign nationals who take residence in Germany are obliged to register their place of residence with the local authorities within 14 days of arrival.  Now the German authorities… Read more »

Germany – Recommended Wage Increase

Posted on July 1, 2016

The minimum wage in Germany will increase from €8.50 to €8.84 per hour, starting January 1, 2017, pending a government approval.  The Minimum Wage Commission reviews the wage threshold every two years, increased this from 2014 wages. The minimum wage… Read more »

GERMANY – Lower Salary Threshold for IT Professionals through the EU Blue Card

Posted on March 3, 2016

An EU Blue Card may be obtained by Non-EU foreigners who are offered local employment by a German company, on the condition that they hold a university degree comparable to German standards and are to receive an annual salary of… Read more »

GERMANY – Procedures for Employment and Family Reunion Visas Amended

Posted on February 5, 2016

In an effort to simplify visa applications for foreign workers and their dependents, the Federal Government amended the visa application procedures for employment and family reunion entry visas in order to reduce the difference in processing times between the two… Read more »