Germany issued more than 60,000 visas under the German Skilled Worker Immigration Act in 2021. This information was confirmed to TheSchengen.com by an official at the Federal Foreign Office.
The German Skilled Worker Immigration Act took full effect in March 2020. During the first nine months, from March through December 2020, the country was able to issue nearly 30,000 visas to qualified and trained workers from third countries.
This indicates that the number of skilled workers and apprentices who benefited from German immigration law in 2021 increased by about 50% compared to 2020, TheSchengen.com reports.
No more specific data regarding 2021 has been disclosed.
Although the process of issuing this type of visa was mainly delayed due to border closures, travel bans and the inactivity of the majority of German visa processing centers, Germany was still able to issue visas to thousands of skilled workers.
During its first nine months of operation, from March 2020 until December 2020, the German embassies in Belgrade (Serbia), Manila (Philippines), Hanoi (Vietnam), Bangalore (India) and Istanbul (Turkey) issued most visas under the Skilled Migration Act.
During this period, 2,024 visas were issued to citizens of Serbia, 1,773 visas to citizens of the Philippines, 1,378 to citizens of Vietnam, 1,197 to citizens of India, and 1,183 to citizens of Turkey.
In addition, skilled workers from four Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Serbia – are also among the key citizens who have benefited from the Skilled Worker Immigration Act.
Germany still needs hundreds of thousands of new workers annually to fill the job market as the number of workers of a typical occupational age is expected to drop dramatically.
“Although the number of visas issued in 2021 for highly skilled workers has increased, the number is still not enough to fill vacant jobs in Germany, as Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck recently noted that the country needs a migration expert from TheSchengen.com notes. That about 400,000 new workers annually in order to fill the labor shortage gap.
A work visa under the Skilled Migration Act is issued to people who have completed a qualified vocational training in Germany or to those who have obtained a professional qualification abroad, which has been recognized as equivalent to a qualified German vocational training.
People with a higher education degree comparable to a higher education degree in Germany, are also eligible for a work visa.