The Directive 2009/50/EC on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly qualified employment (the so-called “Highly Qualified Persons Directive”) regulates the entry and residence of highly qualified persons who are not EU citizens. These persons and their relatives are to be granted a temporary uniform residence title, the so-called EU Blue Card.
In addition, by mitigating the conditions for granting a residence title to self-employed persons in Section 21 (1) of the Residence Act (“Aufenthaltsgesetz”), the hurdles for company founders to obtain such a residence title are lowered.
For further details, please see Directive 2009/50/ECExternal Link.
Furthermore, the “Act on the Implementation of the Highly Qualified Persons Directive” brings the following benefits for international students, trainees and graduates with regard to work permits:
Students whose residence permit is still valid for a longer period of time and who only wish to apply for a change of their work permit can obtain an explanatory cover letter from the Foreigners' Registration Office ("Ausländerbehörde").
Also university graduates and trainees whose residence permit is still valid for a longer period of time and who would like to apply for a change of their work permit should also contact the Foreigners' Registration Office. There you will receive the explanatory cover letter.