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Germany | New Minimum Blue Card Salary for 2019 (Updated)

January 3, 2019

The German government has announced that the minimum salary for European Union (EU) Blue Cards will be increased. Regular Blue Card holders in Germany must be paid at least EUR 53, 600 per year. Blue Card holders in shortage occupations must be paid at least EUR 41,808. New salary requirements should be considered. Employers of foreign nationals planning to apply for or renew a EU Blue Card in Germany in 2019, or with pending Blue Card applications for work starting in 2019, should ensure that salaries meet the new minimum salary threshold.

Update: For EU Blue Card holders who receive their cards after January 1, 2021 or whose start-date is after January 1, 2021:

  • Minimum salary requirements will increase for shortage and non-shortage occupations.
    • Non-shortage occupations salary requiremetns will increase to €56,800 from €55,200
    • Shortage occupations salary requiremetns will increase to €44,304 from €43,056