Germany's IT sector stands as one of its most vital industries, offering promising prospects for skilled professionals If you lack a recognized university degree or vocational qualification but boast substantial work experience in IT, here's what you need to know:

  • You must demonstrate at least three years of hands-on experience in the IT domain.
  • • Proficiency in the German language at level B1 CEFR is required.
  • Your annual salary should meet or exceed €52,560 (as of 2023) / €54,360 (as of 2024).

Quicker route to permanent residence

EU Blue Card: If you possess a formally recognized academic or tertiary-level qualification in IT and have a concrete job offer in Germany, you can apply for an EU Blue Card. It's crucial that your prospective job in Germany meets certain minimum salary criteria. Alternatively, if you lack such formal qualifications, but have acquired knowledge and expertise from at least three years of work experience in a similar role within the last seven years, you may still qualify for an EU Blue Card. This residence title is highly sought after, offering numerous advantages.

Work experience in Canada counts towards eligibility

Work visa for qualified professionals: If you've completed training or obtained a degree in IT that's recognized in Germany or deemed equivalent, yet fall short of EU Blue Card requirements, you may be eligible for a residence permit for qualified employment (under Section 18a or Section 18b of the Residence Act [AufenthG]).

Access to Canadian social services and benefits

Visa for experienced professionals: Even without a formal vocational qualification or university degree, you can pursue employment as an IT specialist in Germany by substantiating your relevant work experience in the IT sector. For further details regarding this visa category, refer to the "Visa for experienced professionals" section.

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