Status: 07/20/2022 11:37 a.m.
Interior Minister Faeser and Labor Minister Heil want to take action against the shortage of skilled workers with a new immigration law. Among other things, it should be possible to have qualifications recognized only after entry.
Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser and Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil have laid out the cornerstones of a new immigration law to tackle the shortage of skilled workers. “We are getting rid of a migration policy shaped by the CDU and the CSU, which has denied the reality of our country of immigration and has thus damaged our economic location”, they write in a joint article for the “Handelsblatt”. . The immigration system is “too slow, too bureaucratic, too dismissive”.
Parallel recognition procedures at work
In their contribution, the two SPD policies announce that the labor market will also be open to skilled workers who have an employment contract but who do not yet have a diploma recognized in this country. They could then catch up with the help of the German employer, the ministers propose. Unlike before, proof of a degree and work experience should be sufficient for entry. The recognition procedure can then be carried out after entry and parallel to work.
According to the report, Faeser and Heil’s plans go even further. Experienced professionals should be allowed to enter Germany to seek employment under two conditions, even without an employment contract: they must always have confirmation from abroad that their qualifications are at least partially comparable to German qualifications and they must also prove that they are able to support themselves.
The minimum limit for the “blue card” should decrease
This should be a step towards an “opportunity card” that the SPD, the Greens and the FDP want to introduce in this legislature. The Traffic Light Coalition also wants to facilitate the immigration of skilled workers with already recognized qualifications. In the future, this should also make it possible to exercise a non-specialized profession, provided that there is a recognized professional qualification in Germany.
Furthermore, in the future, young university graduates should no longer be required to earn as much as experienced professionals in order to be able to enter the country with a so-called blue card. “We are lowering the wage limits for them. This also allows us to make it easier for well-educated young people to start a career in Germany,” explained Faeser and Heil. There is currently a minimum salary limit of 56,400 euros gross per year.
Millions of workers are expected to be lost
DIHK chairman Peter Adrian welcomed the plans: “We have to compensate for the demographically induced loss of four to five million workers in Germany over the next ten years,” he told the newspaper.
The Federal Government plans to amend the Skilled Immigration Act (FEG), which has been in force since March 1, 2020. The aim is to facilitate the influx of qualified specialists from third countries, also according to the needs of the ‘economy.