Germany opens work visas at unprecedented level

The German government confirmed on Tuesday that it would expand its six-month visa system to allow non-EU nationals to seek employment amid efforts from the European country to fill the shortage of skilled labor.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that visas currently available to university graduates would be extended to include those with professional qualifications.

He pointed out that Germany does not want to convert «migration to a system of social welfare». Applicants must therefore demonstrate their ability to support themselves and speak German, the Associated Press reported.

Labor Minister Hubertus Hill said the government had also agreed to a “pragmatic” solution for rejected asylum seekers working in Germany and that they were well integrated.

He pointed out that the government aims to give them «a reliable situation .. so we do not return the wrong people to their country and then try hard to employ skilled workers from third countries».

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