Are you planning to move to Germany? Here’s what the new points-based immigration system says


While there are reports of the German government actively accelerating naturalization amid a huge labor shortage, a new policy is in place to allow the process for foreign workers. According to a I am an expatriate report, Germany is reportedly working on “a new points-based immigration system that would allow migrants to come to Germany even without a firm job offer.”

The report further states that “German Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil has unveiled the first details of his new points-based immigration system, which he intends to present to the cabinet this fall. The new system is designed to alleviate the shortage of skilled labor in Germany by making it easier for people to come to work in the country. »

Moreover, Germany plans to grant citizenship to particularly well-integrated foreigners in just three years, as it struggles to close a huge shortfall of around a quarter of a million workers by 2026, according to AFP report. Under a plan unveiled by the Department of Labor on Wednesday, Europe’s biggest economy is also seeking to make it more attractive for workers to retrain or further their education, according to the report.

Notably, the country of around 80 million people faces shortages in many industries, with the ministry forecasting a shortage of some 240,000 skilled workers by 2026, according to the report. Factors such as the digital transformation of the economy, the pandemic and the impacts of war in Ukraine present new challenges for the labor market, he said. “For many companies, the search for skilled labor is now an existential issue,” Labor Minister Hubertus Heil said.

“And our country needs a skilled workforce to manage the digitalization of our economy and its transition to climate neutrality.” The ministry outlined its strategy to tackle the problem, including improving training and modernizing the immigration system. The government wants to make it easier to hold multiple nationalities and make it easier for foreigners to naturalise, he said.

The AFP report further notifies that in future naturalization will be possible after five years instead of the current eight years, and as little as three years in cases where people are deemed to have integrated particularly well and the strategy will be presented to the firm in the fall for consideration.

(With contributions from AFP, I am an expatriate)

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