Germany Eases Visa Rules for Non-EU Skilled Workers

The cabinet of Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, approved a new visa rule which will still need the approval of parliament by next year possibly with some amendments.

Germany Eases Visa Rules for Non-EU Skilled Workers

The country’s Minister for Economy, Peter Altmaier, called the day of the cabinet’s decision, a “historic day” as it marked the day Germany’s first immigration law was made. A lot of business groups had been in anticipation of the law.

The new immigration law in question was made with the aim to attract foreign workers with vocational skills. This includes foreigners from non-EU member countries with promises of a relaxed procedure for visa applications as well as a reduced red tape.

Horst Seehofer, Germany’s Minister for Interior, in a statement, said that Germany needed hands from third-world countries who would come through with their ability to fill in the many vacant jobs in the country, protect the prosperity of Germany.

Through this visa scheme, job-seekers can come to Germany — which happens to be the EU’s biggest economy — to work. They will be allowed to stay for six months as long as they can sort out themselves financially.

Hope for Asylum Seekers in Germany

Another immigration provision covers asylum seekers who had previously been granted stays of deportation to obtain permanent residency permits in Germany.

The criteria for this opportunity is for any such applicants to have stayed in Germany and worked full time for 18 months. They must also be able to speak German at the intermediate level, must have a profound social integration in Germany and have a clean criminal record. Finally, they must be able to prove their identity.

Hubertus Heil, who is the Labour Minister in Germany stressed that they must be careful to not deport the wrong people as many of those who arrived recently in Germany already speak the language, and are hard working. Thus they have become useful to Germany.

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