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This ‘charming’ European country is offering people the chance to move abroad

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Germany’s ‘opportunity card’ will launch this year to non-EU citizens (Credit: Getty Images)

If you’re looking for the chance to move abroad, this attractive opportunity might be right up your street.

Becoming a digital nomad is hardly a new thing – with more and more Brits in particular leaving the gloomy, grey skies for pastures new (we can hardly blame them).

However, obtaining such a visa restricts you to your current job, which might not be as enticing an offer.

Well, friends, Germany has heard those grumblings loud and clear – and is about to launch a Chancenkarte (known as an ‘opportunity card’) to invite more young and skilled workers to find jobs abroad.

The reason? Germany has gaps in various industries, which it wishes to fill – with the country needing 400,000 new skilled employees. Across industries such as IT, engineering and healthcare, the government hopes that the new ‘opportunity card’ will encourage more non-EU workers to move over.

Launching on June 1, the Chancenkarte functions like a temporary visa, with cardholders able to work part-time jobs for up to 20 hours per week. There is also the opportunity to partake in up to two weeks of trial work experience.

After this time, those involved in the scheme can apply for longer-term residency, should they wish to stay and move into a full-time job.

Visit sights such as Neuschwanstein Castle, in between job hunting in Germany (Picture: LightRocket via Getty Images)

So what’s the catch? As with all decent-sounding offers, there are some requirements to meet. Those wishing to apply must be able to speak either English or German – and have a university degree, or at least two years’ worth of vocational training, relevant to their desired role.

Applicants must also be able to prove they have the funds or a salary to cover their stay – which comes in at just over £10,000 (£10,212, €13,003).

Finally, each person wishing to pursue the ‘opportunity card’ must also accrue at least seven ‘points’. Based on different factors and criteria, points can be obtained for being trained in a career where there is a current shortage of staff (earning you one point) or being under the age of 40 (another single point). Two points can be earned for those hopefuls aged under 35 and for those with a level B1 proficiency in German.

If you have five years of professional experience in your chosen field (within the last seven years), you can earn yourself three points, while holding a professional qualification recognise in Germany or being qualified as an engineer, teacher, nurse or other regulated role could get you a mighty four. A minimum of six points is needed to secure your eligibility.

So, if grey weather and the upcoming elections aren’t quite gelling you to the UK and you would be up for a new adventure in Germany, this ‘opportunity card’ might be for you.

You can apply for the Chancenkart online, by registering with the Consular Services Portal – or, alternatively, at your home country’s German Embassy or, if you happen to already be in Germany, at the local Foreigners’ Registration Office.



5 reasons why Germany is underrated

  1. The food: from gut-friendly sauerkraut to currywurst that current has us salivating, German food may not be the most creative or exotic – but it’s pretty damn delicious!
  2. Beer is a food group: Steins are a way of life – particularly if you find yourself basking in the sun in a picturesque beer garden. Though, if you are more of a vino drinker, you’ll be glad to know there are ample tasty Rieslings to sample.
  3. Christmas trees: If you’re someone who thoroughly and religiously partakes in the festive tradition of putting up a tree come December, you’d best know that the first Christmas tree – or ‘tannenbaum’ – was was created in Germany.
  4. Home of the hamburger: Okay, yes, another foodie one! But the humble hamburger really is named after the Germany city! After sailors returned from trading in the Baltic regions, it is said that they brought back some uncooked shredded beef, which was then prepared by a German chef – thus creating everyone’s favourite fast food.
  5. Germany is green: Over one third of the country is covered in forests and woodlands – that’s over 90 billion trees. The most commonly planted are spruce trees, followed by pine; beech and oak. Excellent news of nature lovers.


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