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European Union (Photo credit: erjkprunczýk)

Since writing about my own application for an EU Blue Card in Germany I have gotten a lot of people coming to my site looking for information. Now I have successfully gotten my EU Blue Card, I thought I would list all the requirements you need to apply for one plus some other information I found out during the process.

Please note this information applies only to applications made in Germany.  Other EU countries may have different requirements.


– an average yearly income of 44.800 Euro or

– if you are working in a shortage occupation (like: mathematicians, engineers, scientists, medical specialists or doctors, professionals of information and communication technology), an average yearly income of 34.944 Euro

– and an academic proof of qualification.


– your passport

– a biometric photograph

– a confirmation of German health insurance coverage

– an employment contract or (at least) a draft of contract

– and your academic proof of qualification.

If you are already working in Germany and have an existing work visa, you will also need to provide previous salary statements.

If you are a citizen of one of the following countries and do not hold a current German work visa, you can apply for an EU Blue Card after you arrive in Germany. These countries are: US, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland.  If you are a citizen of another country and do not hold a current German work visa, you must apply for the EU Blue card before entering Germany.

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