Your journey to Germany starts here!

A successful journey starts with careful planning and well-made decisions. I will help you choose the right immigration path, understand the steps ahead of you, and provide hands-on assistance to navigate your immigration to Germany.
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Pathways for your immigration to Germany

There are various visa and residence permit types that allow you to immigrate to Germany. The visa or residence permit that you may be eligible for depends on factors such as your nationality, qualifications, job offer, status of your family member living in Germany, or your German language skills.ย Most internationals who moved to Germany in recent years chose one of the following routes, but there are also other visa options.

In June 2024 Germany introduced an additional immigration pathway, the points-based Opportunity Cardย for job searching, which makes immigration to Germany even easier and more flexible.

Qualified work-based Immigration

If you have a foreign degree or training that is already recognized in Germany and a job offer, you can get a Blue Card, a work visa for qualified professionals, or one of the occupation-specific work visas. Without a job offer you can get a job seeker visa / Opportunity Card.

Priviliged work-based Immigration

If you are a national of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand,  South Korea, or one of the six Western Balkan countries, you can get a work visa even if your degree or training is not recognized in Germany or as an unskilled worker. 

Business-based Immigration

If you want to work as a freelancer or start a business in Germany, you can get a visa for self-employment. Freelancing is however limited only to certain professions, the so-called liberal professions.

Education-based Immigration

Studying in Germany or working as a researcher provides easier access to the labor market, getting a permanent residence, and naturalization.

Family-based Immigration

Spouses/registered partners, minor children, and in some cases parents and parents-in-law of German residents can get family reunion visas to move to Germany. Spouses/ registered partners also receive a work permit. 

Specially-regulated Immigration

There are also special visa types that allow artists, language teachers, athletes and coaches, and professional drivers to work in Germany.

My Immigration Services

Get expert advice and hands-on assistance navigating your job search and immigration to Germany!

Immigration to Germany, Sascha Markovic, your German Immimgration Consultant

Moving to a new country is an exciting but challenging endeavor. There is so much to think about and consider, from choosing the right immigration route to finding a job and a place to live, to settling in and adapting to the culture.

You will spend a lot of time reading through official websites, following blogs, and taking advice from other people. And you will probably struggle to make sense of all the complex and often contradicting information. That is why it is crucial to have access to reliable information and advice for your safety and peace of mind.

I am here to help. I offer a range of services to assist you in understanding the German immigration system, choosing the right immigration path, and navigating the visa and residency processes.ย 

Every immigration journey is unique, and so are my immigration services. I can provide reliable general information, answer your questions about German visas and residence permits, or accompany you step-by-step to Germany.

If you’re just beginning your immigration journey to Germany and want to explore all available routes and prospects for employment, starting a business, or further education, book a Discovery Consultation with me for a comprehensive overview of your options.

If you’re a step ahead and already know your immigration paths to Germany but need help with applying for a visa, residence permit, or recognition of qualifications, one Visa Consultation to clarify your questions and doubts might be all you need to successfully navigate the immigration process.

For peace of mind throughout your entire immigration journey to Germany, I offer Immigration Assistance Packages that include three consultations and unlimited email support for three months.

Don’t waste time researching everything on your own just to end up with conflicting information about immigration to Germany. Work with me to ensure that you make well-informed decisions.

No matter what level of support you require, rest assured that I will use all of my experience and expertise to help you successfully achieve your immigration plans.ย 

How I can support you at every step of your immigration journey

Discover your immigration options
I will help you explore your immigration options and employment prospects and choose the visa or residency permit that best suits your plans and goals.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Discovery Consultation
๐Ÿ‘‰ Blog
Prepare for immigration
I will help you get your qualifications recognized and meet other requirements for the chosen visa or residence permit. My career tips and resources will help you in your job search.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Visa Consultation
๐Ÿ‘‰ Job board
๐Ÿ‘‰ List of curated employers
๐Ÿ‘‰ Blog
Get your visa or residence permit
I will help you prepare your application documents, draft a motivation letter if required, fill out the form and clarify any procedural questions and doubts.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Visa Consultation
๐Ÿ‘‰ Blog
Prepare for moving to Germany
I will help you prepare for your relocation to Germany. I I can't provide assistance, I will recommend curated cooperation partners, who e.g. can help you find an accomodation.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Visa Consultation
๐Ÿ‘‰ Partner services
๐Ÿ‘‰ Blog
Settle in
I will help you understand and master the administrative steps that await you after relocation to Germany. If I can't provide assistance, I will recommend curated cooperation partners, who e.g. can help you find a kindergarden place for your kid.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Visa Consultation
๐Ÿ‘‰ Partner services
๐Ÿ‘‰ Blog
Get permanent residency and citizenship
I will help you understand the requirements and prepare for permanent residency and naturalization in Germany.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Visa Consultation
๐Ÿ‘‰ Partner services
๐Ÿ‘‰ Blog

Book a Consultation or an Assistance Package for your Immigration to Germany

Discovery
Consultation

Best to explore your immigration options and employment prospetcs and choose the best pathway to Germany
60 EUR
30-minute online call
Assessment of your profile
Discussion of your immigration plans and employment prospects
Explanation of all visa/residency options available to you
Explanation of the requirements and the application procedure for the visa, residency and/or recognition of qualifications for your chosen option
Follow-up email summarizing your immigration options
10% discount on follow-up consultation

Visa
Consultation

Best if you already know wich immigration route to take and need support with visa, residency or recognition
80 EUR
30-minute online call
Detailed explanation of the requirements and the application procedure for the visa, residency and/or recognition procedure for your chosen option(s)
Review of documents and application forms
Support in preparing documents and applications
Research of case-specific information (before and after consultation)
Follow-up email with instructions and relevant resources
10% discount on follow-up consultations

Please note:ย My services do not constitute or replace legal advice. If you need legal advice, I can recommend licensed German lawyers.

Client Testimonials

Germany's immigration reform in 2023 & 2004

In the summer of 2023, the German Parliament approved a reform of the Skilled Immigration Act, which has been in place since 2020, to make it easier for skilled professionals from non-EU countries to immigrate to Germany.ย 

Labor immigration to Germany is now based on three pillars:ย 

The qualification-based pillar remains the central element of labor immigration to Germany.

As before, it includes:

  • The EU Blue Card for foreign university graduates with recognized degrees
  • The residence permit for foreign skilled workers with recognized qualifications (university degrees or vocational qualifications /Berufsausbildung)

The most important changes that came into force on November 18th, 2003, are:

  • Skilled immigrants with recognized qualifications are now be able to take up any qualified employment. The job will no longer have to match their formal qualification.
  • The salary thresholds for the EU Blue Card are lowered from 58.320 EUR to 45.300 EUR gross per year, making it much easier to get a job in Germany.ย 
  • The list of bottleneck professions is extended and the salary threshold for these professions as well for recent graduates is even lower: 41.042 EUR gross per year.ย 
  • The period for obtaining a settlement permit is shortened from five to three years.
  • Blue Card holders will find it easier to change employers and bring their families to Germany, including their parents.
  • Experienced IT specialists without formal qualifications in IT are now also eligible for the Blue Card.

The experience-base pillar is intended to enable skilled workers to immigrate, even if their professional qualifications have not previously been recognized in Germany. These changes came into force on March 1st, 2024.

To qualify for experience-based immigration applicants will have to meet these conditions:

  • The applicant has a professional qualification of at least two years that is officially recognized in their country and two years of professional experience.
  • The employment contract must be in a non-regulated profession.
  • The salary must reach a certain threshold or be linked to a collective agreement.

๐Ÿ‘‰ If their gross annual salary is at least 40.770 EUR (in 2024) or is linked to a collective agreement, internationals can continue working without a recognized degree.

๐Ÿ‘‰ If their salary is lower than the threshold and not linked to a collective agreement, they can start working in Germany, but must obtain full recognition of their qualifications within a specific timeframe (Recognition partnership with the employer / Anerkennungspartnerschaft).ย 

The potential-based pillar is intended for immigrants who donโ€™t yet have a job offer in Germany. It is in force since June 1st, 2024.

  • The core of this pillar is the introduction of a points-based system. Selection criteria include qualifications, language skills, professional experience, reference to Germany, and age.
  • Applicants must provide proof that they can cover their living expenses during their entire stay in Germany.
  • Successful applicants will receive an Opportunity Card (Chancenkarte) for job searching and will be allowed to work up to 20 hours a week while searching for a qualified full-time job.
  • The Opportunity Card will be issued for up to one year and can be extended for up to two years under certain conditions.

Can you get the Opportunity Card?

The Opportunity Card or Chancenkarte which was introduced in June 2024 offers a new and simpler route to immigrate to Germany, even without a prior job offer.

Use my FREE CALCULATOR to assess if you meet the requirements and can get the necessary 6 points!

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