Germany Opportunity Card (Chancenkarte)

Germany Opportunity Card

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 After China, the United States, and Japan, Germany has the fourth largest economy in the world and the largest economy in Europe. The service industry accounts for 70% of the country’s GDP, making it the third largest exporter in the world. Germany Opportunity Card is recently announced by the German Governemnt and will be Implemented soon.

Immigration Law Revamp

The German parliament authorized a new immigration law on Friday. The law is intended to attract skilled workers to the country, as there is an unprecedented labor shortage that is straining the economy.

According to the Interior Minister of Germany, “The lack of skilled labor is regarded as one of the greatest obstacles to economic growth in Germany, and skilled workers are scarce everywhere.” She described the legislation as “a monumental step for the destiny of our nation”.

What is Germany Opportunity Card …?

The new opportunity card (Chancenkarte) in Germany enables non-EU skilled employees to enter the country without a job for at least one year. This new residence permit allows them to search for a job and work part-time until they find a job and can convert their status to that of a skilled worker. The new visa system is based on a points-based system. The success result is six points. If an applicant has a recognized degree from Germany, they are immediately eligible for the opportunity card (residence permit). Otherwise, they must earn a total of six points based on their age, qualifications, professional abilities, and language skills.

The German government aims to introduce immigration for individuals from non-EU countries seeking employment through the so-called “opportunity card.” The individual must be capable of supporting themselves during their stay. A quota for a predetermined number of opportunity vouchers may be established by regulation. Initially effective for one year, the opportunity card can be extended for an additional two years if the holder has a valid employment contract or job offer.

Requirements for Germany Opportunity Card :

To qualify for the opportunity card in Germany, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Age: You must be under 35 years of age.
  2. Education: You must have either a university degree or professional qualifications.
  3. Experience: You should have at least three years of work experience.
  4. Language: Fluency in German or previous residency in Germany is required (Not Mandatory).

Points Calculation (Not fully confirmed yet)

  1. Up to 06 Points If you have a foreign qualification and it’s recognized in Germany. 
  2. Up to 03 Points, If your work experience matches your qualification. 03 Points for 05 years of experience and 02 Points for 02 years of experience.
  3. 02 Points if you are under 35, 01 Point If you are 35 to 40 years old.
  4. 02 Points if you speak German and have a B2 level, If you have a B1 level then 01 Point. You can secure 01 points if you have C1 English Language skills.
  5. 01 point to individuals with a sponsor or advisor in Germany who assists them in securing employment.
  6. Individuals who have legally resided in Germany for at least six months during the past five years will receive 1 point.
  7. If your spouse or registered partner is eligible for an opportunity card and is also planning to apply for one, you will receive 1 point.

Recognition of foreign Qualification in Germany :

So, before applying for the opportunity card, you must recognize your qualification from German official authorities. The Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) and the Recognition in Germany (Anerkennung in Dutchland) portal are two helpful resources to assist you in comprehending the recognition process and verifying the equivalency of your qualifications. Additionally, you may refer to the Anabin database to compare your foreign degree with its German equivalent.

Job Portals to find a job in Germany :

I am highlighting some of the major job portals in Germany, most of them are only in the German language so recommended to open in google chrome and translate the page:

  1. https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/jobsuche/ (The Biggest Job Portal from the German Federal Government)
  2. https://www.stellenanzeigen.de/
  3. https://ec.europa.eu/eures/portal/jv-se/home?lang=en (Select Germany)
  4. https://www.stepstone.de/en/
  5.  https://www.xing.com/en
  6. https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/jobs-in-germany/

The law regarding new opportunity cards is expected to be finalized and implemented by the end of 2023. The German government will create an official portal where you can calculate your score and apply. To achieve the maximum score and compete, I recommend that you have your degree recognized in Germany and enroll in a B1-level German language class. Be prepared and don’t miss the chance to move to one of the best European countries. Please feel free to visit my website for more information and updates on career opportunities. Don’t forget to check out my blog on Relocation in New Zealand, which provides valuable insights and guidance for individuals considering a move to the country. Thank you for your support and interest!

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