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Germany's Skilled Worker Immigration Law: Opening Doors for Foreign Workers and Addressing Labor Shortages

Germany has ushered in the second stage of its Skilled Worker Immigration Law on March 1, 2024, offering numerous opportunities for skilled foreign workers to settle in the country and pursue employment in their respective fields.


Germany's Skilled Worker Immigration Law: Opening Doors for Foreign Workers and Addressing Labor Shortages

The first stage, introduced in November 2023, primarily focused on easing processes for the "EU Blue Card" and facilitating entry for recognized skilled professionals. However, the new stage brings significant changes, including allowing foreigners with a minimum of two years of professional experience and holding a professional or university degree to seek employment in Germany.


Scheduled to come into effect on June 1, 2024, the third stage of the law will introduce additional measures, such as the job search opportunity card.


Federal Minister of the Interior and Homeland, Nancy Faeser, highlighted Germany's commitment to attracting the skilled workforce necessary for its economy. She stated, "We know that skilled workers and workers are necessary for our future viability and the prosperity of our country. We are reducing bureaucratic hurdles and making Germany more attractive for foreign skilled workers – for example in nursing, where we need a lot of staff."


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Reuters previously reported that 1.8 million jobs remain unfilled in the German economy, while an analysis by the German Economic Institute predicted a shortage of 300,000 skilled workers in the renewable energy industry by 2030.


One of the significant changes introduced by the new law is enabling individuals with two or more years of experience in their field, along with a recognized professional or university degree, to move to Germany and secure employment. Additionally, skilled workers will be eligible to bring their parents to Germany, and bureaucratic requirements for bringing spouses and children will be reduced.


The law also aims to address labor shortages in the care sector by simplifying recognition processes for health and nursing professions. Non-EU nurses with less than three years of regulated nursing training will also be able to work in the health and care sector.


Furthermore, students will benefit from increased flexibility in employment regulations, allowing them to undertake part-time jobs and have more time to complete procedures for recognizing their professional qualifications.


To address short-term labor shortages, the law permits employers to hire up to 25,000 foreign workers for short-term employment in 2024, with foreign workers able to work in Germany for up to eight months.


These changes reflect Germany's proactive approach to addressing labor market demands and attracting skilled workers to contribute to its economy's growth and development.

By fLEXI tEAM

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