As every year, the new salary threshold for the Blue Card application is announced in December.
For 2018, the minimum gross salary required will be increased to 52,000 €. Previously it had been 50,800 € gross.
A similar increase also applies to shortage occupations where the threshold will be put up from 39,624 € gross to 40,560 € gross.
The Blue Card was first introduced in Germany on August 1, 2012 and has since become a permit the country could not imagine being without. It was introduced to counteract the lack of qualified personnel in Europe. For highly qualified third-country nationals the option of a long-term settlement permit as well as unlimited access to the job market for spouses are valuable opportunities.
Every year Germany issues between 11,000 and 14,000 Blue Cards, numbers growing. A quarter of this number is issued to qualified professionals from India.
It is hard to imagine the German labor law without the Blue Card – which to many people’s disappointment is not blue.
Article from Palladium Mobility Group