Easier immigration for highly skilled workers


Germany is meeting the challenges of global competition with secure and sustainable jobs for the future. It is also an attractive location for international students.

Research and innovation in Germany are on the rise. Innovative technologies, products and services are finding the solutions that ensure prosperity, and with its strong industrial foundation, Germany is meeting the challenges of global competition with secure and sustainable jobs for the future. These jobs offer opportunities for many people, particularly for skilled workers. Germany is also an attractive location for international students.

Blue Card
Germany's implementation of the European Union's Directive on Highly Qualified Workers entered effect on 1 August 2012. It eases immigration regulations for qualified workers from third states (non-EU countries). In addition, the EU Blue Card introduces a new residence permit, which aims to make Germany more attractive to highly trained workers from abroad through a long-term perspective. The legal parameters regarding the employment of foreign graduates of German universities have also been improved.

Studying and Researching in Germany
Individuals interested in entering a course of study in Germany can find detailed information in German and English on the DAAD website. This includes information on prerequisites, selection processes, and many practical tips for student life in Germany. The German Rectors' Conference (HRK) offers a Higher-Education Compass that can help you find the right programme and institution.
Germany not only has numerous excellent universities, including universities of applied sciences, but also offers diverse scholarship opportunities to help finance a course of study. The BMBF's scholarship database offers targeted information on funding opportunities for current and prospective students (in German only). The search function provides you with quick access to information on the scholarships that are right for you.
Researches can access targeted information on various funding opportunities as well as practical questions regarding a research stay in Germany through the EURAXESS funding database, which is run by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Students, doctoral candidates and post-docs can also obtain information on funding opportunities through the DAAD scholarship database and additional information on the Research in Germany portal.
With the Deutschlandstipendium, the BMBF has also made significant contribution to establishing a new scholarship culture in Germany. The Deutschlandstipendium is also available to foreign students studying at German higher education institutions, as well as to researchers. With research awards and scholarships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation provides targeted funding of excellent scientists - from promising young academics to internationally renowned and established researchers.

Foreign Occupational Qualifications
Recognition in GermanyMany people in Germany already have occupational qualifications from abroad. With the BMBF's Recognition Portal, you can find detailed information on how to obtain recognition for foreign certificates and training.

Further Information
To find out more about the employment of skilled workers in Germany, please visit Make-it-in-Germany, the internet portal of the Federal Government's Qualified Professionals Initiative.

Useful Links:

Federal Employment Agency

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

EU Blue Card


Higher Education Compass

BMBF's scholarship database

DAAD scholarship database

EURAXESS Funding database


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

BMBF's Recognition Portal

Make it in Germany

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