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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.

Salary Thresholds

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.

Action Items

  • Review the salaries of current and future EU Blue Card holders in Germany;

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Palladium Mobility Group.

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