“Accurate information can be a key part of motivation – Mary Ann Allison”
Information can be found in so many places, but the right and complete information in one place might help more in times of need. Procedure to apply for blue card can be found on many websites but I promise to make this simple and complete 🙂
All that you need in one place! 🙂
As promised in my last post, this post would be covering everything one needs to know about the application of Blue Card and the procedure involved. It wasn’t/isn’t easy to know what to do when and how to go about it until one has hit a few dead ends. It took me around couple of hours to calm myself down and look up the procedure for Blue Card when I had to do it.
Here, the links given are pertaining to Stuttgart but documents and procedure remain the same. So whichever city you would be applying for, change the city name to your city name and proceed 🙂
To begin with, prerequisite of applying for blue card are the following documents that one must have:
- Almost completed degree (all subjects completed and waiting for thesis defense for example), which should be supported by a letter/document from the university stating the same.
- A work contract from a German organization with gross annual income of €49.600. In case of occupations like engineers, doctors, scientists, IT skilled worker, gross annual income of €38,668 is acceptable.
- Valid health insurance
- Valid house/room rental contract
Having all this, you can begin your application procedure as follows:
- Take an appointment with the ausländerbehörde(foreign office) in your city. It takes some time before you get an email with the date and time of the appointment and it can be anywhere between (7 days – 30 days). Example, for Stuttgart, the appointment can be taken here: Stuttgart foreign office appointment
- After you receive a confirmation email from them with date and time, it is time to get some documents in order.
The following 6 documents must be sent via email to the foreign office once they email you:
- A valid work contract from your future employer (copy)
- Arbeits- und Verdienstbescheinigung (This must be filled by the employer) and the form can be found here: Arbeits- und Verdienstbescheinigung Form) +
Stellenbeschreibung (This also must be filled by the employer) and the form can be found here: Stellenbeschreibung Form
- Pay slips / Salary slips from previous work (if applicable)
- Wohnraumnachweis (A form filled in by your landlord) and the form can be found here:
- The house/room contract of the present place of living
- Bescheinigung der Krankenkasse (Certificate by your health insurance, the current one) – This can be received directly from your health insurance provider via email.
Once you have sent these, the following 4 things should be taken along on the day of the appointment:
- Application form for extension of your residence permit/ application for blue card can be found here: Application Form
- Valid passport
- 1 current biometric passport photo – This should be taken keeping some rules in mind and they can be found here: Biometric Photo Rules – 1 , Biometric Photo Rules – 2
- About 110€ for the fees (This depends on situations, it can vary anywhere between 70€ – 110€)
After your appointment, you will receive a document that states your Blue Card is in process and the date of validity and so on. This document should be enough to start working. Once your blue card arrives the foreign office, you will receive a letter from them with a PIN code. It is generally advised to pick up your card from foreign office anytime after 4-5 days after the arrival of the letter.
All done! 🙂
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