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What is the EU Blue Card?

With the EU Blue Card, highly qualified foreign nationals with recognized qualifications and an annual minimum salary can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment in Germany. If all prerequisites are fulfilled, the foreigner first receives a visa for a period of 3-6 months after successful application at the diplomatic mission in his country of origin. Following entry into Germany, the visa must be converted into a long-term residence permit at the closest Foreigners Office.

Decisive advantages of the Blue Card over a simple "work visa" are the uncomplicated family reunion and the lack of language requirements. In addition, the spouses of Blue Card holders have the unrestricted right to carry out any kind of work. Furthermore, 33 months after entry and with knowledge of German at A1 level, it is possible to obtain a permanent residence permit. At B1 level, permission can even be granted after only 21 months.

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VISARIGHT Blue Card Service

Stressful, confusing, tedious — those are words we usually hear used to describe the German visa process. VISARIGHT is here to change that. From now on, you can forget about annoying red tape and endless waiting. Save time and focus on more important things — we'll take care of your visa.

Our platform will automatically score your immigration chances, prepare your application and assemble all documents precisely how immigration officials want to see them. And where our algorithms are not enough, your personal customer success manager is ready to step in. Preparation of documents, arrangement of appointments, communication with authorities — VISARIGHT is here to help with every step of your visa process.

• The processing time can be shortened with a prior approval (ZAV-Zustimmung), which can be applied for at the Federal Labor Agency before entry.
• Make sure you make an appointment with the responsible foreign mission well ahead of time, otherwise the application process can be delayed.
• Don't forget to check both your university and your university degree to make sure they are recognized in Germany.
• Check which of your documents need to be legitimated or translated.
• Apply for visas for family members right away or within 6 months of your own arrival in Germany in order to benefit from accelerated processing.
• A German or recognized foreign university degree
• Correspondence of the employment with one's educational background
• Employment contract or binding job offer in Germany
• Proof of minimum annual salary
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"Working with VISARIGHT was a pleasure. Even though the request was made at a short notice, they arranged everything perfectly and in time. Their seamless and to-the-point communication eased the whole process too."be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Arun Koroth
Product Manager @ Automobili Pininfarina
Jose Rodriguez
"VISARIGHT provided me with a visa process that was low on stress, time and bureaucracy. I am especially fascinated with the personal support as it felt VISARIGHT had my back the entirety of the process and were very willing to respond to any of my doubts. They truly are experts in their field and it shows."
Software Developer @ Personio
Sandro Chalagashvili
"VISARIGHT provided me with a visa process that was low on stress, time and bureaucracy. I am especially fascinated with the personal support as it felt VISARIGHT had my back the entirety of the process and were very willing to respond to any of my doubts. They truly are experts in their field and it shows."
Software Engineer @ SoniQ Services GmbH
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does the process look like if I choose VISARIGHT?
Settling down in Germany can be a long process. VISARIGHT is with you from start to finish. First, we calculate your chances of successful immigration free of charge with our Eligibility Check algorithm — just devote 2 minutes of your time to answering a few straightforward questions about your profile. After that, your customer success manager will be in touch.

Preparation of documents, arrangement of consular appointments, communication with authorities — your manager will deal with all of these issues and update you on your progress throughout the whole relocation cycle. No queues, no red tape.
What if I don't meet the Blue Card requirements?
There are alternatives to other visa types if the requirements for the Blue Card are not met. With our Eligibility Check you can determine free of charge which type of visa may suit you best.
Do I need a visa to enter Germany?
Citizens of certain countries can enter Germany without a visa. If you enter Germany without a visa, you will need to apply for the Blue Card at the relevant immigration authority within 3 months. Whether you will need a visa to enter Germany for your intended purpose of stay will be automatically evaluated within the digital workflow.
How long is the Blue Card valid?
The Blue Card is initially issued for a period of up to 4 years. If the contractual duration of the employment relationship is less than 4 years, the Blue Card is issued for the duration of the employment relationship plus 3 months. An extension is possible.
How long does the visa process take?
The precise duration of the visa process will depend on several factors, including the capacity of the German consulate in your country. VISARIGHT automates many parts of the visa process and provides express appointment services to accelerate the procedure significantly. Our goal is to get you through the visa process from start to finish as fast as possible, period.
Does the Blue Card permit free movement within the EU?
Yes, you can spend up to 90 out of every 180 days in other Schengen countries.
Can I take my family along? How long will the process take? Does my family have to speak German?
Yes. If spouses and children join you in Germany within 6 months of filing your visa application, the process is accelerated. After this period, the process takes much longer. Your family isn't required to speak German. For Blue Card customers, VISARIGHT handles the visa process to reunite spouses in Germany at half price. To reunite children with their parents, we handle the process for free.
Can I leave Germany for an extended period of time with the Blue Card?
Yes. Blue Card holders have the right to leave Germany and the EU for up to 12 months without losing their residence permit.
Can I switch employers after receiving the Blue Card?
In the first two years of the Blue Card, you are committed to your employer. You must obtain special permission from the Foreigners Office if you wish to change employers.
What happens if I lose my job?
The loss of a job must be reported to the Foreigners Office. The Foreigners Office can subsequently shorten the duration of the residence permit, while generally allowing time for a new job search to take place.
What is the minimum salary requirement for a Blue Card applicant?
The gross annual minimum income of a Blue Card holder is EUR 56,800 (for some scarce occupations, this limit is reduced to EUR 44,304). In certain cases, subsidies (e.g. Christmas bonuses) can also be deducted from the annual salary. The net salary amount can be checked using an online calculator (German only).
How can I determine whether my educational qualification is recognized?
Our Eligibility Check can automatically determine whether your degree is recognised in Germany.
What types of jobs are considered scarce occupations in the EU?
These are groups 21, 25 and 221 of the International Classification of Occupations (ISCO). The complete list can be found here.
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-When issuing a Blue Card to experts in the field of natural sciences, mathematics, IT, engineers, doctors and of other scarce professions, the minimum annual salary is 44,304 EUR.
-For other occupations 56,800 EUR
-Sums are indicated before taxes and deductions