The ICT Directive, which has been part of the German Residence Act since 2017, regulates the conditions for the entry and residence of employees transferred within the company. The ICT card enables managers, professionals or trainees to work in a German branch for a set amount of time. Certain conditions apply for the ICT card application. These can be found in the "How can I recruit a qualified professional from abroad - what employers need to know" guide and on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
The ICT card can be issued to employees, managers or specialists for a duration of 3 years. For trainees, the duration is limited to a maximum of 1 year.