German Parliament Upper House Approves Immigration Reform

The upper house (the Bundesrat) of the German parliament has approved the government’s reformed Skilled Immigration Act.

The new Skilled Immigration Act aims to attract more skilled workers with several major changes:

  • Lower salary thresholds will be established for the EU Blue Card;
  • A new “Opportunity Card,” allowing qualifying foreign nationals without a job offer to spend up to a year in Germany seeking work;
  • Lower qualification requirements for certain workers.
Erickson Insights & Analysis

On June 23, the German Parliament voted on the new law to reform the country’s immigration laws. This new immigration reform aims to make access to the German labor market easier for third-country nationals. The goal of the German government is to become more attractive to third-country nationals, facilitate the migration process, and expand the possibilities, especially in the field of work migration.

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