More than 50,000 third-country nationals have benefited from the German Skilled Workers Immigration act since March 1, 2020, when the act came into effect, up until now.

In a press release issued today, on June 11, the German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs revealed that over 50,000 German visas have been issued under the act, despite the pandemic and border closures.

The announcement was made upon a conference held today by the European Commission, during which was launched the Talent Partnerships initiative under the EU’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum. The initiative intends to enable the Member States to match the labour market needs with the skills of workers from countries outside the EU.

Commenting on the initiative, the German ministry noted that the aim is to search for skilled workers in a targeted manner and to promote and train talent who can then be employed as skilled workers in the EU.

With talent sponsorships, migration to Europe takes place based on the needs of the EU member states and partner countries,” the press release notes.

It further explains that the EU Commission will financially support the talent partnerships, and its focus will be initially on the neighbourhood of the EU, the Western Balkans and Africa, whereas the participation on the side of EU countries will be voluntary and project-based.

Regarding the number of visas issued under the German Skilled Workers Immigration Act, which enables skilled workers who have completed quality vocational training to enter Germany to find apprenticeships and gain employment, the ministry noted that more than 50,000 visas to skilled workers and trainees have been issued since the act came into force on March 1, 2020.

In March 2021, the same announced that 30,200 visas had been issued to skilled workers and trainees from third countries in 2020, from the day the act came into effect until the end of the year.

Between March 1 and December 31, 2020, a total of 30,200 visas were issued to applicants under the Skilled Immigration Act,” a spokesperson said for

2,024 visas of this kind were issued to Serbian citizens, which country tops the table of countries the majority of visas were issued in, by the German authorities. Bosnia and Herzegovina is listed seventh with 1,159 visas, whereas Kosovo and Albania are listed ninth and tenth, with 792 visas and 778 visas, respectively.