The amended Employment Act
As from 1 July 2013, it is easier for qualified professionals from non-EU countries to enter the German labour market, provided that the equivalency of their qualification is assessed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Assessment Act and that there is a shortage of workers in the respective profession in the German labour market. Once the Federal Employment Agency has identified such a shortage, it allows such professionals to work in Germany without a previous priority review.
The Federal Employment Agency ascertains which occupations are experiencing a skills shortage and keeps the whitelist in line with the developments on the labour market. It approves recruitment from abroad in these occupations if the terms and conditions of the jobs offered are not less favourable than those for comparable domestic workers. Following its six-monthly analysis of the shortage situation, the Federal Employment Agency has now placed the relevant occupations in the whitelist [in German and in English].