The minimum salary for the Blue Card is determined annually. Lower salaries need special approval by the authorities to qualify.

The figures for the Blue Card minimum salary 2018 are as follows:

Workers in so-called shortage occupations are expected to earn at least
40.560 € per year.

Currently, natural scientists, mathematicians, engineers, doctors, nurses, IT professionals and others fall in the group of shortage occupations.

All other occupations are expected to earn at least
52.000 € per year.

These numbers are newly determined annually as well as the list of shortage occupations.

The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit designed to attract highly skilled non-EU nationals. Applicants need advanced qualifications or substantial experience to qualify. Benefits include changing employers, moving to any country of the European Union and obtain a resident permit for a spouse.