The Skilled Workers Immigration Act (FEG) has been in existence since March 01, 2020 and serves to strengthen skilled immigration from abroad.
With the FEG, the legal regulations for the immigration of skilled workers from third countries have been significantly simplified. Via the central hotline Working and Living in Germany (ALiD for short), the responsible federal office advises not only immigrants but also companies on regulations regarding entry, residence, professional recognition and language training.
Promoting the integration of professionals
Currently, a variety of support options exist on the part of the Federal Office, especially for the period after entry.
- Free advice on housing and health insurance from the Migration Advisory Service for Adults (MBE). MBE counseling centers can be found at www.bamf-navi.bamf.de or reached online at www.mbeon.de.
- The support program Integration through Qualification (IQ) advises and accompanies on topics related to the recognition of a qualification and, if necessary, provides additional qualifications.
- Vocational language courses are offered as part of job-related German language support. These courses improve immigrants’ chances on the German labor market immensely. The core target group includes skilled workers.
- Not only professionals themselves, but also family members who move in with them without sufficient knowledge of the German language have access to so-called integration courses, which help to achieve language level B1 (CEFR) and also impart basic knowledge of topics relating to history, the legal system, culture and also social coexistence.
Further information on migration & residence and an overview of legal requirements for entry and residence under the Skilled Workers Immigration Act is provided by the relevant federal office.