Germany: Immigration Law Updates for 2023

Last Updated on March 6, 2023

Key Points 

  • Germany relaxed immigration laws by lowering language requirements for spouses of third-country workers and simplifying residence permit application process 


On 1 January 2023, the government of Germany introduced several changes to its immigration laws. These changes include: 

  • The German language requirements for the spouses of third-country nationals who have national visas or residence permits for employment purposes have been lowered. As a result, the spouses will no longer need to demonstrate A1-level German language proficiency to be eligible for reunification. 
  • Introduction of an 18-month residence scheme for specific migrant groups, such as: 
    • Individuals under the age of 27, who have resided in Germany for a period of three years. Previously, the requirement to qualify for residence was four years.  
    • The right to residence after a period of six or four years, if the applicant has underaged children.  

The government also extended the Skilled Immigration Act indefinitely in order to make the country a more attractive location for third country nationals.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of Germany introduced changes to its immigration laws on 1 January 2023. According to the government announcement, these measures aim to expand opportunities in Germany and the right to residency.  

Looking Ahead  

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

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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 one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.