8 June 2017

GERMANY: ICT directive shortly to come into force after changes ratified by German Federal Council

Effective 1 August, the ICT directive will come into force in Germany as well as new regulations for those hoping to study or conduct research.

This comes after the German Federal Council ratified the legislative changes according to the implementation of the ICT directive.

The ICT permit will be available for foreign nationals from a non-EU or EEA country and who will be transferred from a non-EU entity to work in Germany for a period of over 90 days.

Foreign nationals who have an ICT permit issued by another member state will be able to work in Germany for 90 days in a 180 period following a notification period. If they would like to work for more than 90 days in a 180 day period then they would have to apply for the Mobile ICT permit.

Students holding a study permit issued by another EU member state will be able to spend 360 days of said study in Germany. Post graduates will be able to apply for training programs to help expand their current knowledge and scientists and researcher’s will now be allowed to work for 180 days in a 360 period without any additional authorisation required.

How does this affect the client?

Employers should be aware of the new regulations as of 1 August and should adapt their processes accordingly. This may increase lead times for applications at the beginning of the implementation to account for the adjustment to the new regulations.



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