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Intra-corporate transfer for third-country nationals: ICT card

Your company or group of companies has a branch outside the EU and you would like to transfer professionals within these?

The ICT Directive, which has been part of the Residence Act since 2017, regulates the conditions for 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 to the application for an ICT card. These can be found in the guide "How can I recruit a qualified professional from abroad - what employers need to know" and on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

The ICT card can be issued for employees, managers or specialists for 3 years. For trainees, the duration is limited to a maximum of 1 year.

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