What is the change? Salary thresholds for highly skilled foreign employees, executive-level personnel and EU Blue Card holders will increase slightly beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

What does the change mean? The 2016 gross annual salary minimums for B permits are: €39,824 for highly skilled employees and €66,442 for executive-level personnel. The new salary minimum for EU Blue Cards is €51,494.

  • Implementation time frame: Jan. 1, 2016.
  • Visas/permits affected: B work permits for highly skilled employees and executive-level personnel; EU Blue Cards.
  • Who is affected: Companies applying for B work permits or EU Blue Cards.
  • Business impact: The 2016 salary thresholds represent a minor increase over 2015 thresholds.

Background: The salaries are indexed annually according to contract salaries. The 2016 salary thresholds are approximately 0.5 percent higher than 2015 rates (€39,802 for highly skilled employees, €66,406 for executive-level managers, €51,466 for EU Blue Card holders).

BAL Analysis: Employers should follow the new salary requirements for foreign workers in 2016. Applications that do not meet the salary thresholds will be rejected.

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