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The government of Germany has risen the minimum salary demands for European Union (E.U) Blue Cards, operative from 1 Jan 2019.

New Salary Thresholds

Germany Regular Blue Card holders need to be paid minimum EUR 53,600 per year (Increased EUR 52,000 in the year 2018).Blue Card holders in deficit professions need to be paid minimum EUR 41,808 per year (Increased EUR 40,560 in the year 2018).


The Blue Card (Blaue Karte) applies to highly-skilled workers with a local job offer and pay minimum two-thirds of the contribution ceiling of the German pension fun (Beitragsbemessungsgrenze der Deutschen Rentenversicherung), which varies each year slightly. The regulation of Blue Card also appeals to proficient employees in deficit occupations (‘Mangelberufe’ - mathematicians, scientists, doctors in human medicine, engineers, academic specialists in IT and communication) with a yearly salary of minimum 52% of the contribution ceiling of the German pension fund. For shortage professions, the labor officials need to check that the work conditions match the local measures, and the company must present an approved format job description.

MoreVisas Advice

Foreign nationals Employees who are planning to appeal for or renew a Germany EU Blue Card in 2019, or with pending Blue Card appeals for work beginning in 2019, should assure that salaries reach the 2019 least salary requirement. Please subscribe to MoreVisas newsletters and blogs to update with the latest information about Visa and Immigration. Please take our free evaluation to know whether you are suitable or not and our Immigration experts will help you to know further options available to you.

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