Documents and steps for getting Blue Card based on real case in Berlin
There are two sources of information for this: Service Portal Berlin and my own professional experience as a migration consultant.
In this article I try to make the theoretical part easy to understand and to illustrate it with practical examples from my professional experience.
The EU Blue Card has several advantages compared with a residence permit for the purpose of employment. For example, it enables you to obtain the right of permanent residence more quickly. More information about the benefits in the “More information” section and also in the TODO lists in a section About EU Blue Card.
The EU Blue Card is valid for a maximum of 4 years. If you have a fixed-term employment contract, the EU Blue Card can also be valid for a shorter time. Normally it also lasts 3 months longer than your employment contract.
For the first two years of employment, approval from the Foreigners’ Registration Office must be obtained before any change of job.
You have foreign family members in Berlin who also need a residence title?
Then please make an appointment together to apply for the EU Blue Card and the residence permits for your family members.
You can find the necessary documents for your family members in the service "Residence permit for spouses and children of holders of an EU Blue Card" (see section "More information").
You have one of three following degree types:
You can check the "anabin” database
to see whether your foreign degree is recognised.
If your degree is not evaluated in this database, you can have a certificate assessment carried out specially for your degree. This will incur additional costs.
You already have an employment contract or a concrete job offer. You can only get the EU Blue Card if you earn enough. This amount is changing every year. In 2020 an Blue Card minimum wage is €55,200 annual gross salary, which equates to €4600 monthly gross salary.
However if you work in a so called shortage occupation there is good news for you. In an shortage occupation you need to earn €3,588+ gross per month. (This equates to €43,056 per year (for the year 2020)).Shortage occupations (Mangelberufe) are specific occupations for which there are not enough workers in Germany.
You need the approval of the German Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) if you:
You have health insurance in Germany, either in the statutory health insurance system or a comparable private health insurance. Foreign health insurance is not sufficient. See also 4.9 below.
Your main residence is in Berlin. If you have your main residence in other German city, you have to apply for the Blue Card there.
Please submit your application to your local office. We recommend that you book an appointment online.
Usually there are two possibilities:
- For the first issuance: €100.00
- For an extension of up to three months: €96.00
- For an extension of more than three months: €93.00
Around 5–6 weeks.
A personal visit 4-6 weeks before the existing temporary residence title expires is best. If possible you should book an appointment for this.
This service can only be taken advantage of in the Berlin Immigration Office (Landesamt für Einwanderung – LEA) at Keplerstrasse. Click here to make an appointment in Berlin