July 10, 2019
German immigration law reform (skilled labor immigration law)
On 19 December 2018, the German government finalized a proposed bill to reform the German immigration law. The skilled labor immigration law (Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz - FEG) aims to make it easier for non-EU citizens to immigrate to Germany if they have a job offer, a recognized professional qualification and some German language skills.
Entry requirements for skilled workers with comparable vocational training will be eased. In addition, the law should make it easier to obtain a residence permit by systematically restructuring and clarifying legal standards.
vbw welcomes the proposed bills. The labor shortage in Germany can only be effectively addressed if, in addition to tapping the country’s full potential domestically, companies are able to recruit needed skilled workers from abroad. A positive aspect of the proposed bills is the uniform emphasis on a triad of employment contract, qualification and language skills.
The proposed bills for a new skilled labor immigration law are important steps in the right direction. However, the vbw still sees some room for improvement. We need more standardization, regarding required language skills, for example, as well as additional measures to ensure that the reform will be enforced effectively throughout Germany.