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Germany is a country in Central and Western Europe. Covering an area of 357,022 square kilometers (137,847 sq mi), it lies between the Baltic and North seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, and France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands to the west.
Various Germanic tribes have inhabited the northern parts of modern Germany since classical antiquity. A region named Germania was documented before AD 100. Beginning in the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire. During the 16th century, northern German regions became the center of the Protestant Reformation. Following the Napoleonic Wars and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the German Confederation was formed in 1815. In 1871, Germany became a nation-state when most of the German states unified into the Prussian-dominated German Empire.
After World War I and the German Revolution of 1918–1919, the Empire was replaced by the semi-presidential Weimar Republic. The Nazi seizure of power in 1933 led to the establishment of a dictatorship, World War II, and the Holocaust. After the end of World War II in Europe and a period of Allied occupation, two new German states were founded: the Federal Republic of Germany, generally known as West Germany, and the German Democratic Republic, East Germany. The Federal Republic of Germany was a founding member of the European Economic Community and the European Union, while the German Democratic Republic was a communist Eastern Bloc state and member of the Warsaw Pact. After the fall of communism, German reunification saw the former East German states join the Federal Republic of Germany on 3 October 1990.
EU Blue Card for Germany
To qualify for the Blue Card an applicant must have a university or college degree and an employment contract with a German company that pays a salary of at least €55,200 per year (2020).
For certain occupations that suffer from shortages of skilled labor, the salary level is €43,056 per year (2020). This pertains to engineers, qualified communications and technology experts, medical doctors, and certain other fields.
To hasten the process for qualified applicants there will be no “priority reviews”. This means that the time-consuming procedure of checking whether there are qualified Germans or non-German current residents that may be first in line for certain positions may be waived.
The Blue Card may initially be valid for up to four years. (If a work contract is shorter than four years the validity period may be shorter than four years.) An application for an unlimited residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) may be applied for after three years. If a Blue Cardholder has sufficient knowledge of the German language (Level B1) he or she may apply for the unlimited residence permit after 2 years.
Family members of a Blue Card holder are allowed an unrestricted right to work in Germany. Spouses do not have to speak German to join the Blue Cardholder in the country.
Moving from one EU country to another or leaving the country for an extended period of time is possible, but there may be restrictions depending on each country’s laws and interpretation of the EU directive. (For example, Blue Card holders that get their Blue Card from Germany must stay in Germany for eighteen months before moving to another country.
Easing of restrictions on non-EU university students and graduates
Non-EU students at German universities will now be allowed to work for 120 full days or 240 half-days a year while studying. (This is an increase from 90 full days and 180 half-days.)
Graduates of German universities will be allowed to stay in Germany for 18 months to find a job in their specialty. Graduates of vocational schools will be allowed 12 months to find a job in their specialty. Both groups of graduates will be allowed to work without restriction during these time periods.
As mentioned, these are the most important parts of the new legislation. There are other provisions. Anyone interested in more information about the Blue Card and student restrictions should contact the local authorities if they are currently in Germany. If living outside of Germany a person may make an application for a Blue Card at the nearest German Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.