Turkey : Germany launches its white collar program

Germany will open its doors to qualified employees from outside the EU countries. Under the new labor law, opportunities such as language exemptions and job visas are offered.

An information meeting was held at the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the Qualified Workforce Immigration Law of Germany. In the event, where participation was high, experts explained the responsibilities, opportunities and challenges of the law.

“Qualified Labor Force Migration Law”, which aims to facilitate the arrival of skilled labor from outside the European Union (EU) to Germany, will enter into force on March 1, 2020.


The most important innovation brought by the law is that Germany opens its doors to those who have vocational education and / or experience as well as university graduates. The law provides a six-month job search visa to seek employment in Germany, for people whose education and professional qualifications are recognized by Germany. The job search visa also allows for up to 10 hours of trial employment per week.

Answering the questions of Deutsche Welle, the Federal Employment Agency Overseas Expert Placement Center Officer Thorsten Rolfsmeier said that the aim of the law is to open doors to all professional groups without a list. Rolfsmeier noted that professional opportunities can be easily understood by looking at the prescribed legal regulations.


Stating that the process is easier for those working in the field of information technologies, the official said, “There is no equivalence for this field. “It seems enough to have three years of work experience in other sectors,” he said.


In order to receive equivalence, candidates must submit their diplomas and documents showing their professional qualifications to Germany through responsible institutions. Officials, on the other hand, examine whether the education and professional experience gained in other countries are equivalent in the German labor market and make the equivalence decision.

Rolfsmei is, those who want Turkey to refer to “Make it in Germany” platform suggests. The “Make it in Germany” portal combines employers with potential workforce. In this portal, consultancy services are provided in many languages, including sectors in need of workforce, open positions to apply, vocational training to be provided, types of visas to benefit from, equivalence procedures and Turkish in life on Germany.

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Axel Rosenthal, Head of the Qualified Workforce Migration Center in North Rhine-Westphalia, who answered the questions of DW Turkish regarding the language criteria required to arrive in Germany, stated that the basic German knowledge condition is essential, although there are exceptions in some positions. There are cases when it is not necessary for. Therefore, this criterion should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but legal requirements should not be ignored. We will proceed by learning from the process and evaluating how we can find solutions in different situations. ”

Attorney Sebastian Klaus from the KPMG Law Firm Immigration Services Unit explained the new legal regulations and the conditions for access to the right to permanent residence of qualified labor immigration law with these words: “Permanent residence permit conditions differ according to the visa type. Depending on the sector, wages and employment contracts, the period is specified as 21 months with B1 German level and 33 months with A1 German level for those who are entitled to a blue card.

For those who come to work without a blue card, the time required for an indefinite residency is between 2 and 4 years. This period varies depending on where the vocational education is taken. Stating that it will be two years for those who have completed their vocational education in Germany and four years for those who completed abroad. ”Klaus said that the applicant’s spouse and single children can benefit from the new arrangement with the new labor law.

Christopher Meier, Education Officer of the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, underlined that the arrangements made to accelerate the arrival of qualified candidates in Germany when companies report the employee profile they need are key to the targeted economic growth.

Stating that there is no age limit to take advantage of the law, Meier emphasized that there is no industry restriction. “It is difficult to say that some sectors have priority, we need qualified workforce in different fields,” Meier said.