Advantageous ways have been paved for IT specialists outside the European Union/EFTA States (so-called “third countries”) to obtain a work visa in Germany. The type of visa you receive depends on your qualifications and your job offer in Germany. The table down below gives you a first overview of the different options.
The IT industry is one of the most important industries in Germany. We show you what options you have as an IT specialist to move to Germany.
- EU Blue Card: If you have an academic degree in IT as well as a specific job offer in Germany, you may receive an EU Blue Card. It is important to know that you must earn a minimum salary in your job for that visa type. Nonetheless, the EU Blue Card is an exceptionally popular residence title with many advantages.
- Work visa for qualified professionals: A residence permit for qualified employment (according to Section 18a and 18b (1) on the Residence Act - AufenthG) might be the right option for you, if you acquired your IT skills during an apprenticeship, for example. The same conditions apply, if you have a university degree in IT, yet the job position you have found does not meet the requirements for the EU Blue Card.
- Working as an IT specialist/residence title for other types of work: Even if you have neither any formal qualifications nor a university degree, you can still obtain a visa and work as an IT specialist in Germany. Therefore, certain prerequisites must be met.
- Federal Foreign Office (FFO) You can find out which visa you need in order to come to Germany with the Visa-Navigator.
- Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) Centre of Excellence for Asylum, Migration and Integration in Germany
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