Abstract: In 2021, Germany issued close to 60,000 visas to international skilled workers under the German Skilled Workers Immigration Act.
The German Skilled Workers Immigration Act helped in issuing 60,000 visas to foreign national workers in the country. This Act was implemented to address Germany’s labor force’s lack of skilled workers.
The Act was brought into effect in March 2020. The first year of the Act being brought into effect saw 30,000 visas being issued to foreign national skilled workers.
|Year||No. of Visas Issued|
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The Skilled Workers Immigration act was brought into effect in March 2020. This Act helps in employing and granting visas to international skilled workers.
The non-EU workers need to have vocational experience in the field and basic educational qualifications to join the labor force in Germany.
The significant changes brought by the Skilled Workers Immigration Act for the foreign national workers are as follows.
|Category||Experience||Educational Qualification||Employment Opportunities||Permanent Settlement|
|Qualified Professionals||2 Years||Degree recognized in the country||Employment Contract||After 4 Years|
|Students and Trainees||NA||Enrollment in a German School||Can switch to vocational training from studies||After completing the vocational training|
Germany recognizes those individuals as qualified professionals who have had vocational training for a job in Germany or abroad. The training abroad should match the parameters set by Germany.
To access the German labor market, the professional must either have an employment contract or a qualification recognized by the country.
If the workers have migrated to Germany looking for jobs, they would be granted a residence permit for six months. The time spent looking for employment in Germany, employment for 10 hours per week for trial, is acceptable.
A residence permit for 18 months is permissible for training and skill development.
After four years of living in the country, internationally qualified professionals can receive a permanent settlement permit. Previously it was after five years of residing in Germany.
They should also have the necessary German language skills to avail of the visa.
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According to the Act, students who have come to Germany for their studies can switch to vocational training if they are interested and search for a training place.
The students should have
The students can also apply for permanent residence after two years of completing the vocational training.
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