Special case: employment of IT specialists with practical occupational experience from third countries

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There is a special rule governing the recruitment of foreign IT specialists. According to this, applicants from third countries can be granted approval for employment in the IT sector by the BA without the need for formal recognition of their qualifications by a recognition body in Germany (Section 19c(2) in conjunction with Section 6 Ordinance on the Employment of Foreigners).

The following requirements must be met:

  • The applicant has at least three years of professional experience in the IT sector within the last seven years, corresponding to the qualification level of an qualified professional with an academic degree.
  • The applicant should document the corresponding qualification by passing theoretical training courses or relevant examinations in the field of IT.
  • The gross annual salary must be at least 60% of the annual contribution assessment ceiling in the statutory pension insurance system.
  • The applicant must have German language skills at at least B1 level of the CEFR. In specific cases, it is possible to dispense with the German language skills if, for example, these are not absolutely necessary for working in the job.