Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Residence The EU Blue Card

If you hold a German or recognised foreign university degree and wish to start a work corresponding to your qualification, you can apply for the EU Blue Card. This is a maximum four-year residence permit.

Hamburg Welcome Portal – Arrival – Residence – EU Blue Card

Already after 33 months of work you can apply for a settlement permit. With sufficient German language skills (level B1), this period is shortened to 21 months.

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  • Entry with a German visa for employment
  • Exception: Nationals of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States of America can enter without a visa.
  • Recognised university degree
  • Employment contract or a binding job offer
  • Annual minimum gross salary of 50,800 Euro or 39,624 Euro for natural scientists, mathematicians and engineers, as well as doctors and IT specialists
  • Sufficient health insurance (Annex 6)

Forms required for the application are available on the Hamburg Welcome Center page “forms”.