Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
As a citizen of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, you can move freely within the EU and have unrestricted access to the
German job market. This means that you can work for a company or become self-employed in the Saarland.
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Citizens of other countries (non-EU citizens)
Access to the job market
Your professional qualifications will decide
There are not enough specialists in your trade in Germany (so-called bottleneck professions).
You require a concrete job offer.
Your vocational qualifications must be recognised as being equivalent to a German qualification. You must apply for this recognition from your home country.
You apply for a residence permit for purposes of employment in the Saarland at the local immigration office.
- You must have a German university degree, a university degree recognised in Germany or a foreign university degree equivalent to a German university degree.
- A job offer or an employment contract with an annual gross salary (2015) of at least €48,400.
- Professionals with a university degree in mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and technology (physicians, engineers, IT specialists) are also eligible for an EU Blue Card if their gross annual salary is at least €37,752 per year (2015). If you have a foreign university degree, you must obtain approval from the Federal Employment Agency first. However, the agency will not conduct a priority review.
If you can prove German language skills to the B1 level, you are eligible for the EU Blue Card after 33 months or for a settlement permit after 21 months.
The EU Blue Card can be obtained from the local Saarland immigration office.