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Information on Working in Germany for Indians

Indian nationals working in Germany:
Indian citizens who are highly qualified specialists in their field have the right to work in Germany and are of vital importance to the success of German companies. The following residence permit and visa regulations apply.

EU Blue Card (Work Permit)
Following Germany's implementation of the European Union's Directive on Skilled Workers called the Blue Card (inspired by the US Green Card), which entered into effect on 1 August 2012, highly qualified Indian citizens with an accredited foreign degree or certificate that is comparable to a German one, have the right to work in Germany on successful offer of employment with a minimum salary of €36.192 by a German company. Source: German Government Blue Card Site. 

Residence Permits and Visa Regulations:

1) Indian nationals planning to work in Germany must apply for an employment visa from a competent mission before arriving in Germany. These include the German Embassy New Delhi as well as the Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Kulkatta Consulate General Offices.

Required documents:
- Application form
- Passport
3 photographs
Demand Draft for visa fees
Marksheets and Certificates
Curriculum Vitae
Employment Contract
Declaration of authenticity of documents submitted

2) After arrival in Germany, your visa will be changed to a residence cum work permit by the immigration authority.
- The visa application will be submitted by the German mission to the local immigration authority where you intend to reside in Germany for approval. 
- The German mission abroad can only issue the visa after the immigration authority has given its consent. 

3) The approval procedure usually takes up to three months, in some cases longer, since the immigration authority might need to consult other authorities (e.g. the Federal Employment Agency) or refer back to your employer. 

Greater Leeway for Scientists:
However, in case of a scientist visa, including a scholarship stay being financed under an EU-Programme, an approval from this local immigration authority is not required. Moreover, family members of a guest scientist are now entitled to unrestricted practice of a gainful employment.

Germany as a Place of Work for Indians:
- There are currently approx. 68,500 Indians in Germany, most of whom are working as professionals.
It  is very easy to adapt to a German working environment. Many companies use English as the office language. The very high standard of German courses available means you can learn or improve your German language skills in a short amount of time.
Germans enjoy a good work and leisure balance. They are very kind and helpful in assisting their foreign colleagues adapt to life in Germany. They will be pleased to show you around the area or to go out for a meal, take you on an excusrion etc. They will also offer assistance with any queries you may have in relation to filling out forms or setting up heating, phone or internet services for your apartment.

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