Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration
Residence The EU Blue Card
If you hold an academic degree and want to work in accordance with the qualifications, you can benefit from facilitated requirements for a long-term stay in Germany.
EU Blue Card - Hamburg Welcome Portal
If you hold a German or recognized 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.
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.
Citizens of the Member States of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) enjoy unlimited freedom of movement in Germany and do not need to apply for a residence permit.
- 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 and apply for the residence permit in Germany.
- 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”.