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Working in German Industry

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Working in Germany's Industry[edit]

Work Permits[edit]

Except for EU citizens or residents of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, all other people need a work permit in order to be eligible for working in Germany. The choices are:

  • Regular work permit (§ 18 AufenthG)
  • Blaue Karte EU (§ 19a AufenthG):

Regular work permit (§ 18 AufenthG)[edit]

Conditions associated with a regular work permit are:

  • Limitation till end of contract
  • Longest period of validity: 3 years
  • Permission for married partners not included
  • Without a German degree: extra permission from Arbeitsagentur (Vorrangprüfung)
  • Permanent residence permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis)
    • possible after 2 years employment with a German degree
    • possible after 5 years without a German degree

Blaue Karte EU (§ 19a AufenthG)[edit]

Prerequisites for a Blaue Karte EU are:

  • A recognized university degree
  • Signed contract of employment
  • Min. salary of:
    • 39.624 Euro (in 2017) for Natural Scientists, Engineers, Mathematicians, Doctors, IT Specialists
    • 50.800 Euro (in 2017) for other graduates

Conditions associated with a Blaue Karte EU are:

  • Limitation till end of contract + min. 3 month
  • Longest period of validity: 4 years
  • Permission for married partners to live and work here
  • Fast application process (3 – 6 weeks)
  • Easy renewal
  • Permanent residence permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis)
    • apply after 21 month with level B1 German language skills
    • apply after 33 month with basic language skills (min A1)

For more details, please go through this document.

Work Contract[edit]

A work contract is a very important legal document and it contains detailed information about your working conditions, the most important of which are:

  • Job title
  • Start and duration
  • Payment
  • Hours of work
  • Holidays
  • Sickness
  • Probationary period
  • Notice

Detailed information about the work contract and working conditions can be found in this document.

Work Culture[edit]

There may be some differences between the accepted cultural norms of your region and those of Germany. This often extends to the workplace as well. A lot of times, though, these differences are overstated and serve to distort rather than expand one's point of view. Nevertheless, a generic presentation (including a lot of cultural stereotyping) can be accessed here. Despite the presence of annoying and often inaccurate cultural stereotypes, the document may be useful to some, especially those who are new to Germany and are unable to understand the quirkiness of Germans.

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