Germany: 2024 Immigration Policy Changes

Key Points  

  • Germany introduced changes to its immigration laws to account for labor shortages throughout the country  


The German government will introduce new changes to its immigration laws beginning 1 March 2024. These changes aim to address current labor shortages throughout the country.   

  • Students can now work up to 140 full days or 280 half days per year, up from 120 full days or 240 half days. Additionally, permits are now valid for two years. Students can also change their purpose of staying more easily before graduation. 
  • Spouses of Skilled Worker permanent residents can qualify for permanent residence if they live together, hold a residence permit for at least three years, work at least 20 hours per week, and meet integration requirements like B1-level German language skills. 
  • Parents of the principal applicant and their spouse (if in Germany) can apply for a family reunification permit if the principal applicant received a qualifying permit type from 1 March 2024. They need to have a secure livelihood and health insurance. This option ends on 31 December 2028. Previously, family reunification permits were granted only in cases of extraordinary hardship. 

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Germany’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at Corporate Immigration Partners, P.C., or another qualified professional of your choosing. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult your Envoy representative, or another qualified representative of your choosing.