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January 10, 2018

More than 4% of Blue Card holders in Germany are Ukrainians

More than 4% of the Blue Card holders having permits for staying and work in Germany are Ukrainians, Deutsche Welle reports. 

After the introduction of the EU Blue Card, the number of permits issued in Germany increases year by year. 

According to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), 11,000 high-skilled foreigners obtained work permits in 2013. 

In 2016, the Blue Card was issued to more than 17,000 persons. 

Only during the first six months of 2017, nearly 11,000 high-skilled specialists arrived to work in Germany from outside the EU. 

The majority of migrant workers with the Blue Cards (an analogue of the American Green Card) are the citizens of India. Almost one in four Blue Card holders is from this country. 

The second largest group of nationals, who obtained work permits in Germany, is from China (9.3% of the total number of the issued Blue Cards.)

 They are followed by Russian (6.5%), Ukrainians (4.4%) and Syrians (3.7%). 

In 2016, 95% of all Blue Cards in Europe were issued Germany. 

It should be noted that only the specialists with the academic degree who have signed a labour contract with German employer is able to apply for the Blue Card. An annual income of at least 50,800 euros (before taxes) must be guaranteed. 

For the representatives of the most needed professions, in particular, scientists, doctors, engineers, programmers, the guaranteed income may be lower – 39,624 euros. 

The Blue Card is issued for four years. In case labour relations are maintained after three years, a specialists may submit residence permit application in Germany. If a foreign specialist knows German at the lever B1, it is possible to obtain the Blue Card after two years of staying in Germany.

 It has been informed earlier that the economic growth caused a record employment rate in Germany and aggravate the problem of skilled labour shortage.