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A. Work visa

The validity of a German work visa is based on the validity of your work contract. If you have received a permanent deal, the visa will usually be three years. This work visa will be tied to the employer and the job. Once you lose your job, the visa will become invalid. The current situation is that after receiving a work visa for five years, you can apply for permanent residence, and you can change your passport after two years later. The time is even shorter if you have a degree. Also, after getting a work visa for two years, you can change to a work visa that is not bound to an employer, with the validity of usually five years. This visa allows you to change your job without having to deal with the visa again, and there are no restrictions on what type of job you work! It has an advantage for significantly improving your work freedom!

B. Corporate visa

At present, the legal provisions for investment immigration in Germany are based on Article 21 of the Residence Law - residence based on the fact that you have established a company and is the legal representative of the company who applied for it, which is commonly known as a corporate visa. Germany made major amendments to the Aliens Act in June 2012. The amended Article 21 Aliens Act has significantly reduced the threshold for foreign SMEs to invest in Germany and apply for a corporate visa. Once you have obtained a German corporate visa, you can receive a residence permit when entering Germany and legally carry out the company operations. With a residence permit of three years, you can apply for permanent residence in Germany if your German company is operating well.


Besides, you should also pay attention to the following laws and regulations:

Foreigners can be granted a residence permit to engage in business activities if:

1. There are economic interests or regional needs

2. The occupation shall have a positive impact on the region’s economy

3. You can guarantee the operating expenses of your company

The assessment of a corporate visa depends on the implementation of its business ideas, the investor’s business experience, the amount of capital, the impact on employment and vocational training, and its contribution to innovation and research. These are the relevant keys to assessment.

Most Chinese who invest in Germany set up a GmbH. After establishing a company, they can apply for a corporate visa under Article 21. At present, a large number of Chinese in Germany have obtained corporate visas through this method, and many have also obtained permanent residence. It is a more common and cheaper investment immigration model in Germany.


C. Blue Card application

The EU Blue Card is a form of residence method introduced by Germany into the German residence law to implement the EU’s high-tech talent directive (Hochqualifizierten-Richtlinie). Germany stipulates the Blue Card in Article 19a in the residence law.

The application conditions are as follows:


The Blue Card regulation does not apply to foreigners who have refugee status in Germany, who are declaring refugees or are holding a tolerant residence. Meanwhile, the Blue Card regulation also does not apply to the two situations of expatriate work or personnel exchange.

Applicants’ academic background:

The Blue Card applicants must have a diploma from a German university, a foreign university recognized in Germany, or a foreign university with the same qualifications as a German university.

Work contract:

The Blue Card applicants must present a work contract when applying, and the salary stipulated in the contract must reach a certain amount before they can apply for an EU Blue Card.

There are no German language requirements:

The Blue Card applicants do not need to present their German language certification at the time of application. The German Immigration Service Bureau does not consider the applicants’ German language standards when reviewing the Blue Card applications.

At the moment, the relevant regulations of  German’s EU Blue Card in 2019 have shown a slight increase in the salary requirement standard, and the annual salary requirement has risen to 53,600EUR. For applicants in the scarce industries (natural science, mathematics, engineers, doctors, IT, and other expertise fields), the salary requirement standard has even increased to 40,560EUR this year.