Blue Card


If you intend to work in Germany and meet the Blue Card requirements (minimum salary and university degree) you can apply for a Blue Card.

Information about the application procedure can be found here.

Checklist of required documents for a Blue Card (print-version) :  

2x Application form
Application completed, printed and signed
(including Information provided to applicants pursuant to Section 54 (2) 8 in conjunction with Section 53 of the Residence Act)

+ 2 copies of the data page

Valid and signed passport which must have at least two blank pages.
2x Photo
Recent passport photographs according to biometric specifications (not stapled)

Employment contract
binding contract
+ 2 copies

Employment contract:
The contract must be signed and contain specific details of the job function, salary and duration of employment.

The min. gross salary requirement is 53,600 € per annum (for Scientists, Mathematicians, Medical doctors and IT Specialists: 41,808 € per year).

Letter of intent from your future employer:
The letter must include details about salary and working hours as well as the full address of the employer.
Proof of accommodation
+ 2 copies
For example rental agreement or reservation for at least 30 days. Accommodation mentioned in a letter of the employer will be sufficient but an address must be provided.

Proof of qualification
+ 2 copies

Original University degree, recognized and comparable to a German degree (if not in German or English a translation is required).

To check whether your foreign university degree is recognized or comparable please consult the following database: http://anabin.kmk.org 

and submit the proof of recognition along with your visa application.
2x Curriculum vitae
Including supporting references

Proof of health insurance
+ 2 copies

Dependent on the duration of your stay valid for the first 90 days to six months.

Proof of Residence permit in S.A.
+ 2 copies

Only applicable for non-South African citizens.
2x checklist
Two copies of this checklist have to be signed and submitted with your application.

The German Mission reserves the right to ask for additional documentation at any time during the processing of the application whenever deemed necessary. Presenting the above-mentioned documentation does not guarantee that the visa will be granted. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase an airline ticket unless the visa has been approved and the German Mission requests you to do so.

The processing time can take up to two weeks. Once the application has been approved by the relevant German authority, the German Mission will issue a visa valid for 3 - 6 months (depending on the duration of the travel insurance provided). Your subsequent residence permit will be issued by the competent Aliens Authority in Germany. You are required to apply well in advance for it before the expiry of the visa.

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