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As of 1 August 2012 foreign nationals with a recognised university degree are eligible for simplified access procedures to the German labour market under the EU Blue Card system. To obtain the Blue Card applicants must provide proof of qualifications and a detailed job offer or contract including annual gross earnings of at least 52,000 Euro p.a. (2018). Approval by the Federal Employment Agency is not required.

EU Blue Card conditions still apply to highly qualified foreign nationals with a background in mathematics, IT, natural sciences or technology as well as medical doctors, provided they have been offered the same salary than a German employee. Annual gross earnings at least 40,560 Euro p.a. (2018) apply. An approval by the Federal Employment Agency is required.

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