Checklist for EU Blue Card Visa (Feb 2020)
Foreign nationals with a recognised university degree are eligible for simplified access procedures to the German labour market under the EU Blue Card system. The job must correspond to the academic qualification. The annual gross salary paid in Germany must be least 56,400 Euros. Approval from the Federal Employment Agency (BA) is not required. Specialists in the fields of mathematics, IT, life sciences and engineering as well as doctors may obtain a visa for an EU Blue Card if they earn the same amount as comparable German workers, but no less than 43,992 Euros gross salary per year. In these cases, approval from the BA is required. General information on labour immigration for qualified professionals is available at the Website “Make it in Germany”.
Before filling out the application form and booking the appointment for applying for the visa, please prepare all of the following documentation completely and carefully:
o valid passport (issued within the last 10 years, signed personally, with at least 2 blank pages) - in original;
o Completely filled out and signed application form (2 copies);
o Copy of the data page of your passport, 2 copies;
o 3 current, identical and biometric passport pictures (not older than 3 months)
o for non Taiwanese: Taiwanese ARC/APRC, in original plus 2 copies;
o Curriculum Vitae (in German or English) with full Information on your formal education, certificates/diplomas/academic degrees awarded to you, professional work experience, foreign language skills etc., 2 copies;
If available, submit also proof of previous employment.
o signed work contract/detailed binding job offer from a company in Germany
(in German or English) including information on: in original plus 2 copies:
- gross annual salary (at least 56,400 Euros / 43,992 Euros)
- job title/position and designated tasks (if available, include original job listing)
Important: Your job/position must correspond to your academic qualification;
o Declaration of Employment (Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis), to be filled out by your employer in Germany
o Possibly the approval (Vorabzustimmung) of the “German Bundesagentur für Arbeit”
o Proof of your academic qualification - in original plus 2 copies:
German university degree or recognized foreign university degree or foreign university degree confirmed as comparable to a German university degree.
Please read also the information below about this issue.
If your degree was not awarded by a university in Germany you must also submit:
- 2 copies of the listings in the “anabin database” confirming your university, your type of degree, and your field of study as being recognized/comparable
- or 2 copies of the “Statement of Comparability” (Zeugnisbewertung) from the ZAB office revaluating your foreign university degree as comparable;
o A letter of motivation (in German or English) - 2 copies;
o On request, after your visa is approves and shortly before the visa is issued:
- intended date of entry
- Proof of travel health-insurance coverage for Germany
Please prepare two complete sets of the above mentioned documentation and also bring the originals. Please do NOT staple any documents!
In case documents cannot be presented in English or German, a relevant translation has to be enclosed.
Please make sure to submit all documents listed above as we cannot process incomplete applications. Each visa application will be checked individually. You may be required to provide additional documents and/or information at any stage of the processing.
Incomplete applications may result in rejection of the application. Submitting all documents and information does not, however, guarantee that your visa application will be approved.
The visa processing fee is 75,- Euro, it is payable in NTD at the time of your visa interview. After receiving an application, we cannot refund any visa processing fees irrespective of the decision taken on your visa application.
The processing time for a complete jobseeker visa application is usually about one week. Please refrain from status enquiries, they do not help your case in any way. We will promptly inform when a decision on your jobseeker visa application has been made.
Only after receiving your visa for EU Blue Card you can move to Germany and are allowed to start working in your new job immediately. After arrival in Germany you must register with the local registry office (Einwohnermeldeamt) first and then the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde) to apply your EU Blue Card.
To check if your foreign university degree is recognized in Germany or confirmed as comparable to a German university degree please consult the official anabin database that documents information on foreign universities and degrees.
Important: Your degree is only confirmed as recognized or comparable if all of the following three elements are positively confirmed in the applicable country listing of anabin:
1. The foreign university that conferred your degree must be rated as “H+”, and
2. the type of degree (Abschlusstyp) (e.g. Bachelor of Arts/Science) must match your degree and
3. the information on the field of study (Studienrichtung) (e.g. Business Administration) for the listed type of degree must match your individual degree.
In case your university is rated with an “H+” in anabin but your type of degree or exact field of study is not listed there, you can apply for an individual evaluation of your foreign degree at the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) located in Bonn. This evaluation is called the Statement of Comparability and it is an official document which states the obtained qualifications. It can be used in applications for jobs in Germany or when applying for a visa.
Disclaimer: Although the information in this check list has been prepared with utmost care, we cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein. The applicable laws and regulations may change at any time.