Germany issued over 60,000 visas for skilled workers in 2021


Germany issued over 60,000 visas under the German Skilled Worker Immigration Act in 2021. This information was confirmed to by an official from the Federal Foreign Office.

Germany’s skilled worker immigration law came into force in March 2020. In the first nine months, from March to December 2020, the country managed to issue almost 30,000 visas to skilled workers and interns from third countries.

This indicates that the number of skilled workers and trainees who benefited from German immigration law in 2021 increased by around 50% compared to 2020, reports

More specific data regarding 2021 has yet to be revealed.

Even though 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 to December 2020, the German embassies in Belgrade (Serbia), Manila (Philippines), Hanoi (Vietnam), Bangalore (India) and Istanbul (Turkey) issued the most visas under the Skilled Immigration Act.

During this period, 2,024 visas were issued to Serbian nationals, 1,773 to Philippine nationals, 1,378 to Vietnamese nationals, 1,197 to Indian nationals and 1,183 to Turkish nationals.

In addition, skilled workers from four Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia – are also among the top nationals who have benefited from the Skilled Worker Immigration Law.

Yet Germany needs hundreds of thousands of new workers a year to fill the labor market, as the number of typical working-age workers is expected to drop drastically.

“Despite the higher number of visas issued in 2021 for highly qualified workers, the number is still not sufficient to fill vacancies in Germany, as the Minister of Economy and Welfare recently noted for the climate, Robert Habeck, that the country needs around 400,000 new workers every year in order to fill the labor gap”, notes a migration expert from

The work visa under the Skilled Immigration Act is issued to persons who have completed a qualified vocational training in Germany or to those who have acquired a vocational qualification abroad, recognized as equivalent to the German qualified vocational training .

Persons with a higher education qualification comparable to a higher education qualification in Germany can also obtain a work visa.


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