All academics with a recognised university degree or one which is comparable with a German university degree can apply for the “EU Blue Card” residence and work permit. If your degree is a foreign degree, you can check on the following website whether it is recognised in Germany.
If your degree is not listed on this website, you can apply for a “Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications” on the following website:
To obtain an EU- Blue Card Visa you need to prove that you have a job in Germany which corresponds to your qualification. The condition is that you must earn an annual gross salary of at least 55.200 Euros.
Specialists in the fields of mathematics, IT, life sciences and engineering as well as doctors may be entitled to an EU Blue Card if they earn the same amount as comparable German workers, but no less than 43.056 Euros gross per year. In this case, the Federal Employment Agency must approve your employment. This approval is not required if you earned your university degree in Germany.
Where and How to apply?
Visa applications can only be lodged in person by prior appointment with the German Embassy in Wellington. Honorary Consuls do not handle any visa applications.
Appointments have to be booked via our online appointment booking system
New Zealand citizens can travel visa free to Germany and can apply for the necessary permit after arrival at the local immigration office.
What do I need to fill out and provide?
Please have your complete application ready for your appointment and do not include staples, post it notes, paperclips and folders of any kind. The photograph(s) is/ are not allowed to be stapled, glued or blue tacked to the form.
1. Please print out your completed Visa application form twice
2. Required documentation according to the checklist
Please note that you need two copies of all required documentation for your application
3. Please include the form “ Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis” which needs to be completed and signed by your employer in Germany. You will require the original plus two copies.
4. Please read the data protection regulation
and print out the data regulation signature sheet
5. Visa fees
What happens after your application
The Embassy reserves the right to request further documents or information deemed necessary for processing your application at any time and assumes no responsibility for applications submitted too close to your planned departure.
Applying for a visa does not guarantee that a visa will be issued! Once you have obtained your visa please check carefully that all entries are correct and in accordance with your application.
Upon your arrival the border authorities may examine whether the requirements for your entry continue to be valid. Entry may be refused by the border authorities although you are in possession of a valid visa. We advise you carry with you documents giving evidence to the purpose of your stay.
Helpful information/ links:
Information leaflet about EU Blue Card
Your guide for the first weeks in Germany: Arrival App