Members of the Liberal Democratic Party in Germany (FDP) want to make it easier for foreign high-skilled workers to enter the German labour market.
The shortage of high-skilled workers has already been predicted long time ago. Experts are still not sure, if we actually will force a lack of professionals in the future or not. However, one thing is for sure, the immigration policy in Germany is very complicated compared to other countries. Foreign people trying to immigrate to Germany in order to find a job there are facing a lot of barriers. Now, the FDP (Liberal Democratic Party in Germany) wants to counteract the feared lack by implementing an easier immigration policy.
As a first point the party plans to lower the annual earnings threshold from currently € 66,000 to below € 45,000. For job-sectors with a large number of job openings, such as engineers, computer scientists or doctors, the earnings threshold should even be as low as € 34,200.
A further innovation will be the introduction of a “Workers Visum”. This would allow non-EU foreigners to come to Germany and look for a job for six months – regardless of qualifications and previous earnings.
Furthermore the knowledge of the German language will be given a special consideration. Those who can speak German well will become permanent residents after two years.
These reforms might be the fist steps towards an easier immigration policy in Germany. Hopefully these steps do not come too late for Germany in order to remain competitive an attractive compared to other immigration countries.