Germany – Long Waiting Times for Visa Appointments at German Missions in India

Posted on November 18, 2019

The German authorities have published current waiting times for visa appointments at the various German missions around India. Waiting times vary drastically depending on the mission and the visa type: Visa appointments for degree-level students take between 48 hours (Chennai)… Read more »

Germany – Internships less than 3 months no longer require pre-approval

Posted on July 29, 2019

The requirement for preapproval from the Federal Employment Agency has been waived for internships less than 90 days in a 12-month period. Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact an immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

Germany – New Salary Threshold for Blue Card EU

Posted on December 10, 2018

The annual salary for the Blue Card EU will increase to EUR 53,600 (up from EUR 52,000) beginning January 1, 2019.  In certain shortage occupations the salary threshold is reduced to EUR 41,808 per year (up from EUR 40,560). Foreign… Read more »

Germany – Clarification on Scrutiny of Academic Qualifications for Blue Card Applications

Posted on September 24, 2018

As reported earlier, the German immigration authorities were requiring an official evaluation of university diplomas submitted in support of EU Blue Card applications. However, it has been confirmed that the focus on the recognition continues to be on the “H+”… Read more »

Germany – Closer Scrutiny of Academic Qualifications for Blue Card Applications

Posted on September 7, 2018

The German immigration authorities (Ausländerbehörde) will require official evaluation of university diplomas submitted in support of EU Blue Card applications, according to the Frankfurt authorities, who are already implementing this new rule. Authorities in other regions, as well as German… Read more »

Germany – Additional Requirements for Work Permit Applications

Posted on August 10, 2018

The German labor authority have amended the requirements of work permit applications based on the revised posted workers directive of the “equal pay for equal work at the same place”. Work permit applications for non-EU nationals will now need to… Read more »

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 »