Blue Card EU


The Blue Card scheme is aimed at qualified academic professionals employed in a position commensurate with their qualification and with a designated minimum remuneration (2023 threshold: €58,400 per annum).

Professionals with an academic background in mathematics, IT, the natural sciences or technology as well as medical doctors may qualify for a Blue Card with a remuneration starting at €45,552 (2023 threshold).

Processing period

The processing period may take 2-3 months. During the processing period you cannot inquire about the status of your application. Upon expiry of the processing period only the applicant, his/her legal representative or persons holding an authorization letter from the applicant may inquire about the status of the visas.


The fee is 75,00 € payable in USD cash only. Please bring small USD bills. The application form can be downloaded for free.

Necessary documents

Please bring the following documents in the mentioned order to your appointment at the Embassy. Additional documents may in some cases be requested. Documents sent in advance will not be archived.

Complete the online application form (application forms are required for each applicant separately; all children require separate forms).

Bring one signed copy of the form including the barcodes to your appointment.

A valid passport signed by the holder, issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least one year is necessary. The passport needs to have at least 2 subsequent blank pages. Please bring one photocopy of the passport biodata page to your appointment.

1 fully biometric passport photo, 35 x 45 mm, no older than three months. Digitally altered passport photos cannot be accepted. Please ensure that your photo adheres to German biometric requirements and is taken in front of a white/bright background.

Non-Zimbabweans - please bring your valid Zimbabwean residence permit and 1 photocopy to your appointment.

  • Employer’s declaration (Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis) - to be completed by your employer in 1 copy

  • We will need to see the original degree certificate or a copy either notarised by a notary public or certified by the issuing academic institution. Any document in a language other than German or English needs to be translated into one of these languages by a certified or sworn translator.

  • OR original of a „Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications“, issued by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) plus 1 photocopy

  • 1 photocopy of the original/certified copy and translation (if applicable)-Print-outs from the official database - showing that both the qualification as well as the academic institution are listed as comparable - 1 copy

  • 1 copy

Book an appointment

Please use our online appointment booking system

Booking via telephone or email is not possible. At the appointment, you will submit all required documents and pay the visa processing fee. You will be interviewed with regard to your planned stay in Germany and your biometric data (passport photograph and fingerprints) will be collected.

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