But here the question arises: where should I start?
Relocating to Germany on the Blue Card: the first steps
The first thing to understand is that it is not the Blue Card that entitles you to work, but the employment contract with your employer that allows you to get it. So a rough plan of what you should do is as follows:
- Conclude an employment contract with a German employer, under which the amount of your annual salary will be at least €52,000 (€40,000 for particularly in-demand specialists). A job offer is also suitable for an interview, but under the same financial terms.
- Submit the documents to your country’s embassy and obtain a National visa – Type D, which will allow you to leave and start working in Germany. The process is not as simple as it sounds: gather your documentation package, have it translated into German, have it certified, and make two copies of each. Then carefully station them in three folders – one with the originals and two with copies – according to the list. It will take care and some effort.
- Before you leave, you need to find temporary accommodation and register at that address. You will need the owner’s consent to register, so make sure this is agreed to when you sign the contract.
- When you are already in Germany, you will need to register this residential address, for which you will have to make an appointment at the local equivalent of the district office. This can be done online some time before you arrive, even if you do not know your address at the time. You can make an appointment for one or two months in advance. You must be present at the registration in person.
- Get a tax number. It will be mailed to you at the address you register. Without a tax number, you will not be able to open a bank account and therefore you will not be able to get your wages paid.
- Make an appointment at the Foreigners’ Office (Ausländerbehörde) to apply for the Blue Card. The registration is only made electronically, two to three months in advance.
Blue Card: preparing the necessary documents
We would advise you not to stand idly by waiting for your interview date and collect your documents, but if you have come to this step, you have already collected all the necessary package. You submitted it when you were getting your national visa. This is such a strange bureaucratic feature of German law. We remind you that it is necessary to have:
- a valid passport;
- a biometric photo;
- the original and a copy of the education certificate;
- the original and a copy of the work contract or a job offer;
- application for a residence permit;
- occupational license (on request);
- health insurance;
- a special application form completed by the employer (on request).
Moving to Germany: recommendations on how to get support
Information in the public domain can be both helpful and damaging: there are many conflicting sources of advice on applying for the Blue Card, many of them outdated. To avoid mistakes and loss of time, it is worth enlisting the help of professionals and getting the necessary expert opinion, assistance in recognition of diplomas and finding employers, accompaniment and support at job interviews.
In addition, you need the support of family members to adapt to a new country. Our resource is also ready to provide all the necessary advice on family reunification, help with arranging the necessary payments for children, opening a bank account and renting a place to register an address.
It is worth noting that, as a Relocation Agency, we have the right to officially expedite the Blue Card application through a special service of the local authorities and the Foreigners’ Office. This means that the process can be completed in a few days instead of several months.
All that remains is to wish you success and believe in your own abilities. For the rest, you can trust the experts to help you move to a country where you will soon have the wonderful opportunity to fulfill all the things you once planned.