Germany has been making a greater attempt to encourage highly skilled workers to move to Germany. While low skilled workers will still find it difficult to gain permission to work in Germany, rules for highly skilled workers have been relaxed. The professions most in need are IT professionals, natural scientists (biologists, chemists, physicists) engineers, professors, and scientific personnel in high technology areas. Because of the great difficulty of obtaining work permission for unskilled workers, we only cover the procedure for skilled workers.
Provides for highly qualified persons to be granted permanent residence and permission to work from the outset, rather than five-year work permits as was previously the case. They must have a concrete job offer and get permission from the German Employment Agency. The law also makes an attempt to reduce bureaucracy. Most applicants must report to the German embassy in their home country to apply for and receive work and residency.
German society is increasingly heterogeneous. The foreign nationals who arrived with the first wave of guest workers from Greece, Spain or Turkey had jobs in industry and usually stayed there. Their children, however, already had access to much wider career opportunities. Today, members of Germany's immigrant population occupy a whole variety of positions in German industry, the services sector, and meanwhile also the civil service and the media - ranging from simple clerk to senior executive. People from Germany's immigrant population also tend to be highly entrepreneurial and are often self-employed. Indeed, this is a growing trend. Today, more than 700,000 people with a migrant background run their own company. In other words, migrants are an important factor in the German economy.
And you can be a part of it too – invest and set up your own business in Germany. Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany, is there to help. Its “Investor Guide” explains the immigration and residence criteria for business people and the legislation surrounding business creation in Germany. You will also find some valuable tips on corporate taxation, and on the aid available for start-ups. You will find further information here.
With its current employment prospects, Germany is an attractive destination. Immigration to Germany is currently rising. In future, certain sectors of the labour market will need to intensify their recruitment of skilled workers. Employment opportunities will continue to increase, particularly in the healthcare, engineering, IT, and many other commercial and technical sectors.