Navigating Changes in March for Nurse & IT professionals under the new Skilled Immigration Act

Last week we discussed overall changes from the new Skilled Immigration Act that will go into effect this coming March. We will also see changes about how certain fields access the job market as of next month. This week’s blog will discuss how changes will impact potential employees in the medical and IT professions.

The key changes affect non-regulated professions. Applicants who have practical, professional knowledge will be required to demonstrate that their professional qualification or university degree is recognised in that country and provide evidence of a two-year training period for a professional qualification. A German Chamber of Commerce Abroad certificate may also meet this requirement in certain circumstances.  

Here the professional requirement for IT specialists will include proof of 2 years work experience (previously 3 years), a qualification training or university degree is not needed and language requirements for the visa application have been removed.

For nurses and health care aids, we will see changes to the access of the job market and job seeking residency permits. For assistants in the nursing field with less than 3 years of vocational training, the training must be regulated and recognized in Germany. Nurses and nursing assistants who have participated in a German-based training program, will be able to apply for a job seekers residency permit for a 12-month period. The duration can be extended by an additional six months, contingent upon the applicant’s ability to demonstrate that his or her essential financial requirements are met.

Stay tuned next week for additional March changes with respect to students and trainees and what impact the Act will have on family reunification.

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