Germany is growing more and more popular with foreign (non-EU) qualified professionals, according to a report issued in late July by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
The report found that, as part of a growing trend, 85 percent of the 81,000 highly-qualified third-country professionals who have been awarded the EU Blue Card to live and work in Germany have decided to stay permanently.
At present, there are 53,000 people living in Germany with an EU Blue Card. The card is a residence permit valid for up to four years for individuals with a foreign higher education qualification as well as an employment contract or binding job offer with a minimum annual gross salary of EUR 52,000. There is a lower salary threshold (EUR 40,500), however, for scientists, mathematicians, engineers, doctors and IT specialists.