Working in Germany: the official website
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The Skilled Immigration Act: opportunities for employers

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The German Skilled Immigration Act gives all international qualified professionals the opportunity to carry on a profession or trade in Germany – provided that they offer particular qualifications. For employers, the new law brings greater options for recruiting urgently required international skilled workers.

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Central points of contact for the immigration of qualified professionals

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To advise and accompany international qualified professionals on their way to Germany, there are numerous institutions and structures in Germany and abroad that offer support. The following list provides an overview of central and local points of contact in Germany and abroad responsible for the immigration of skilled professionals. 

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Make it in Germany - We will keep you up to date

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The current corona crisis is affecting people all over the world and is also imposing a number of restrictions on us. It is changing our everyday life, the way we deal with our fellow human beings, as well as our work environment. For many visitors and users of "Make it in Germany", however, the current situation also leads to the fact that career goals in Germany and very specific future plans cannot be realized for the time being. Despite these uncertain times, we remain optimistic about future plans not falling apart but only needing to be put "on hold". In the meantime, we continue to work and develop new offers for you.

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Vocational training in Germany

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The German system of dual vocational training is known internationally and is regarded as a model. Nevertheless, training places in German companies remain unfilled. Attracting trainees from abroad is therefore one way of counteracting this development. At the same time, vocational training offers those from abroad who are interested in training a longer-term career perspective in Germany.

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Immigration from EU Member States

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Large numbers of people from other regions of the world would like to live in Germany for many different reasons. The latest data from the central register of foreign nationals (AZR) shows that the migration flows to Germany are closely linked to the principle of free movement which applies within the European Union (EU). It has been shown that Germany is the most popular immigration country in the EU.

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The EU Blue Card in Germany – rising numbers and diverse opportunities

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On 1 August 2012, the Federal Government introduced the EU Blue Card as the residence permit for highly qualified professionals from third countries wishing to live and work in Germany. Since the EU Blue Card came into force in Germany, the number of Cards issued has risen year-on-year. In 2017 alone, 21,727 Blue Cards were issued – up 25% on the previous year (2016: 17,362).

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„Make it in Germany“ in new design: discover the official website for qualified professionals

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The website provides qualified professionals with all the information they need and offers personally tailored advice about working, studying and living in Germany – all in one place. At the same time, employers can obtain support with looking for and recruiting the right specialists from abroad. There are also applicant listings showing qualified professionals who are available to be placed immediately.

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International students and scientists at German universities

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When it comes to international students, universities in Germany are in demand. According to official figures, the number of international students in Germany from abroad rose in 2017 to just over 359,000. Some 265,484 of these students are among what are known in Germany as Bildungsausländer/Bildungsausländerinnen[1]. This means that overall, the joint federal and Länder goal of attracting 350,000 foreign students to be trained at German universities by 2020 has already been met.

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International skilled professionals in companies benefit both sides

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There are some sectors in regions in Germany where a lack of qualified professionals is already making itself felt. This skills gap is expected to widen as the population of Germany continues to age. We are now at a stage where a lack of qualified labour is the biggest commercial risk faced by our companies. Four in five are already finding it difficult to recruit the qualified professionals they need.

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Recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad

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Germany is currently home to more than 12.7 million immigrants. A large proportion of these have come to the country with a professional qualification that was acquired in their country of origin. Assessing foreign qualifications to see whether they can be recognised as equivalent to German ones is key for successfully integrating professionals from abroad into the German labour market.

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Immigration of skilled workers: The current situation in Germany

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People come to Germany for various reasons. The large number of refugees in recent years has led to people wondering whether it still makes sense to recruit more skilled workers from abroad. 

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