Skilled third-country nationals wishing to work in Germany with an EU Blue Card can now do so with a job that offers them a lower minimum annual gross salary than last year, as the country has decided to lower this requirement.

The decision has been announced by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, according to which, since January 1, 2022, the minimum annual gross salary requirement for a German EU Blue Card is €56,400, which means that the requirement has dropped by 0.7 per cent.

A reduced minimum annual gross salary of €43,992 applies to employment in the occupational fields of mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences, engineering and human medicine (not including dentistry),” the Office notes.

In spite of the low drop, the decision means that many German employees may be able to afford to hire workers from third countries in order to fill vacant places that Germans and other EU nationals cannot fill, reports.

The Blue Card is an EU-wide document issued to third-country nationals who have a university degree and a job offer which provides them with an annual salary of at least the minimum set by the EU country issuing the document.

Each EU country sets the minimum annual gross salary, and the majority of them update the requirement every year. In Germany, the minimum salary for workers in non-shortage jobs was €56,800, and €44,304 in shortage occupations. In 2020, on the other hand, the minimum salary requirement for an EU Blue Card in Germany in non-shortage occupations was €55,200, and €44,304 for shortage occupations.

Germany is the EU country that issues the highest number of EU Blue Cards, ever since the EU started issuing the document in 2012. Data by the Office for Migration and Refugees show that since then and until 2018, Germany has granted 85 per cent of the total number of Blue Cards issued by the EU countries.

In a comparison of all EU countries, Germany is the leader in the issuing of the EU Blue Card. In 2017, 84.5 per cent of all EU-issued Blue Cards EU were issued by Germany. It was followed by France (4.3 per cent), Luxembourg (2.8 per cent), Poland (1.9 per cent) and Italy (1.2 per cent),” a report by the office shows.

Data from the same source show that on December 31, 2018, 51,130 people residing in Germany had a Blue Card. 27.7 per cent of them were Indian nationals, eight per cent Chinese, and 5.9 per cent Russians.