Application Guide

Blue Card Visa

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What is the Blue Card Visa?

If you have a university degree, you can get an EU Blue Card to enable you to work in Germany. A certain minimum salary is necessary for this.

The EU Blue Card has several advantages compared with a residence permit for the purpose of employment. For example, it enables you to obtain the right of permanent residence more quickly.

You may be eligible for the Blue Card Visa if:

  • A degree from a German university.
  • A degree from a foreign university which is recognized in Germany.
  • You already have an employment contract or a concrete offer.
  • You work in a shortage occupation earning EUR 3,588 gross per month.
  • You are working in another profession earning EUR 4,600 gross per month or more.

Required Documents

  • Valid Passport
    Identity card, passport, children's passport for German nationals, national passport or passport replacement papers are accepted for foreign nationals.
  • 1 current biometric photo
    One 35mm x 45mm, frontal shot with neutral facial expression and closed mouth, looking straight into the camera, light background. See example here.
  • Application form “Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels"
    You'll need to have filled this out correctly. You can fill out the form online in minutes here.
  • Proof of main residence in Berlin. (if applying from within Germany)
    If you are applying from within Germany, you'll need to have a registered address in your name. If you haven't yet done so, you can fill out the Anmeldung form here.
  • University or university college qualification
  • Your employment contract or job offer
  • Proof of Health Insurance (insurance card)
    1. For statutory health insurance: electronic health card with photo up-to-date confirmation of health insurance.
    2. For private health insurance: Proof that you have paid your contributions, for example through account statements Certificate from the insurance company The certificate must state the type, scope and duration of the insurance.


  • €100.00 EUR for the first issuance.
  • €96.00 EUR for an extension by up to three months.
  • €93.00 EUR for an extension by more than three months.
  • €28.80 EUR maximum for Turkish citizens.
  • If you need a qualification evaluation, you will have to pay additional costs.

The Process

  • Schedule an appointment at the Office of Immigration (Landesamt für Einwanderung).
    You need to contact the Landesamt to schedule an appointment. You can do so here.
  • Gather the required documents.
    Before you go to your appointment, you must gather all the required documents listed above.
  • Fill out the application form.
    Use the Native form here to fill out your Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit) form and print it out with all your other documents.
  • Go to your appointment.
    Go to the Landesamt für Einwanderung listed on your confirmation letter on the date of your appointment with all your documents neatly organized. If you can, bring a German speaking friend. You may get lucky and have an employee who speaks your language, but this is never guaranteed.


A personal interview is required
The interview should, if possible take place by appointment.

Average time to process request
Around 5–6 weeks. A personal visit four to six weeks before the existing temporary residence title expires is best. If possible you should book an appointment for this.

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