• New Minimum Salary Levels Announced
  • February 19, 2015
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum base salary for several work permit categories will increase.

    The minimum base salary for highly skilled foreign workers applying for Type “B” work permits will increase by approximately one percent for highly skilled workers to €39,802 annually, from €39,422.

    The minimum base salary for senior management and foreign nationals in executive-level positions will increase to €66,405 from €65,771.

    European Blue Card holders will have to earn an annual gross salary of at least €51,466, a one percent increase from the prior €50,974.

    Once the new salary requirements take effect, new work permit and EU Blue Card applications and renewal applications that fail to meet the new minimums will be rejected.

    Foreign nationals applying for work permits as trainees and specialized technicians are exempt from these minimum salary requirements.

    What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

    Employers should consult with their immigration service providers about the new minimum salary requirements prior to filing new or renewal applications for Type “B” work permits or EU Blue Cards.