GERMANY – Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card
The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2016.
Regular Blue Card holders in Germany must now be paid at least €49,600 EUR per year (up from €48,400 EUR).
Blue Card holders in shortage occupations ("Mangelberufe") must now be paid at least €38,688 EUR per year (up from €37,753 EUR). Special approval is required to qualify for this lower minimum salary.
The German government regularly adjusts the minimum salary requirements for foreign nationals.
The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit, implemented in most EU countries, designed to attract highly skilled non-EU nationals. To qualify, applicants need advanced qualifications or substantial experience, among other requirements. Benefits include the flexibility to change employers or move to another EU country, and work permission for a spouse.
- Review the salaries of current and future EU Blue Card holders in Germany;