As of March 1st, 2020, Germany has passed a new law called the, “Skilled Immigration Act”. So, what does this law mean and how will it benefit you and Germany?
Germany has always been known as a somewhat difficult country to try and immigrate to in the past, however, as the economy tries to grow, Germany is struggling due to its lack of skilled workers within the country. The Skilled Immigration Act came into effect in order to try and relieve the country of this stress and provide opportunities for non-EU members to work and live in Europe, if they possess qualified skills and qualifications (which was not possible in the past). Not only will this benefit skilled workers around the world, but this act will also enable German businesses to continue their work efforts in the country and not take their businesses abroad. This issue was specifically highlighted by Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who states that the country aims to try and source skilled workers from countries such as, India, Vietnam, Mexico, and the Philippines and many more.
What kind of skilled workers are they looking for? And what criteria has to be met in order to immigrate to Germany?
As of right now, Germany is lacking skilled workers like, electrical engineers, metal workers, mechatronic engineers, cooks, nurses, aged care workers, computer scientist and software developers. However, if you have qualifications in any other field, you may also be allowed to apply to immigrate. Germany highlights that skilled professionals are people who have professional degrees or vocational training (of at least 2 years).
Certain criteria has to be met in order to apply to immigrate they are the following:
- Level B2 German language
- Professional qualification (degree minimum) or 2 years vocational training (which are recognised and verified by Germany)
- Foreign workers over 45 years old, need to prove that they can support themselves in the country with a minimum monthly income of €3,685 whether through their employment or retirement funds.
The benefits of this new act
Not only is Germany opening its doors to foreigners outside of Europe but the country will provide training, where possible for people, to increase their skilled labour force and will help those overseas obtain the training needed to gain the German language level B2. On the plus side, those foreigners who are employed by companies in Germany, will be able to bring their children and spouses with them, as long as they can prove that the whole family will be adequately financially supported and live in appropriate living environment.
All in all, Germany is set to see a positive reaction to this new law, with an increase in opportunities for careers and lifestyles for people all around the world.
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