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Germany opens labour market for skilled workers from non-EU countries

make-it-in-germany: For many Ukrainian people, Germany has always been an attractive place for education and employment. Lack of qualified labor force is one of the challenges facing post-industrial society due to demographic changes. Germany has a strong economy but faces the problem of the lack of a qualified labor force.

And from March 1, 2020, new rules for the immigration of skilled workers will come into force. The new law expands the opportunities for skilled workers from EU member states to come to Germany for employment.

What are the main differences in the new immigration law?

The main difference is that the restriction on immigration to ” limited professions” has been removed. Two factors are now crucial for labor migration to Germany: economic needs and qualifications. Above all, a worker must have a specific job offer and his or her qualifications must be recognized in Germany.

I am a qualified professional. What do I have to do to work in Germany?

  • Recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad: The first important thing you need to do is have your qualification recognised in Germany. Basic information on the recognition process and on migration to Germany can be obtained from the Working and Living in Germany hotline.
  • Language skills: You will need to speak some German if you wish to come to Germany to find a training place or to seek a job as a skilled worker with a vocational qualification, and you will also need some German language skills if you are to attend a training course in Germany.
  • Contact person for visa / residence: If you live outside Germany, the German missions abroad are responsible for issuing the necessary visa.

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