A big “Welcome!” to all skilled workers from abroad is the German Skilled Immigration Act, which has been in force since spring 2020. The Act facilitates access to the labour market for skilled workers from countries outside the EU.

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The law aims to make it easier for trained specialists to find their way to Berlin, where they are urgently needed by our companies. Many companies here are facing a high demand for personnel on the one hand and an empty German applicant market on the other.


We introduce you to the advantages of the law at a glance:


– Access to all professions: Professionals from non-EU countries have so far only had unlimited access to the labour market with an academic education. In future, specialists with a foreign vocational qualification in all professions will also be able to obtain a visa or residence permit for employment. This means that there is no longer a restriction to bottleneck occupations.


– Special access for IT specialists: If you are fit in the IT field, you only need to prove that you have extensive practical professional experience to be allowed to come to Germany – without a formal degree!


– Entry to find a job: In order to make it easier to fill a job, people with vocational training can be granted a stay of six months to look for a job. The prerequisite is that the skilled worker has a recognized qualification, the necessary German language skills and a secure livelihood. As in the past, specialists with academic training can enter the country for six months in order to look for a job; they do not have to show any special language skills.


– Trial work & internships: During the search, a trial work can be carried out for up to ten hours a week in the future profession. For example, it is now possible to complete an internship with a potential employer.“Erleichterte Anerkennung”: The possibilities of residence for professional recognition have been extended. This is because recognition of the foreign professional qualification is essential to enable a skilled worker from a non-EU country to obtain a residence permit for employment. Particularly in the non-academic sector, it happens that a foreign qualification is only recognized as equivalent when the person has acquired additional practical or theoretical qualifications in Germany.


– Faster procedures: The accelerated specialist procedure creates a new opportunity to obtain a visa in a foreseeable, plannable procedure involving the employer and the local foreigner’s authority.


– Secure prospects: In future, skilled workers with a German university degree or a German vocational training qualification can obtain a settlement permit after two years of employment and skilled workers with a foreign qualification after four years.


Those should be enough reasons to be interested in a job in Germany – especially in our beautiful Berlin, or not?


Detailed information on the new law is available in four languages on the website “Make it in Germany” of the German government: Make it in Germany


Good luck & hope to see you soon in Berlin!


Berlin is joining forces to maintain its lead as a location for future industries and technologies. The project Berliner Zukunftsorte (Berlin’s future places) is an impressive example of this. The project was launched in 2017 by the Berlin Senate for Economic Affairs and connects eleven outstanding Berlin locations in the science and industry sectors.

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At the Berliner Zukunftsorte, potential is bundled, synergies are created, and products Made in Berlin are generated from scientific findings. Here, established technology companies, universities, research institutions, creative industries and start-up culture are writing a sustainable success story – and offer plenty of room for talents’ ideas from all over the world. In our new series, we introduce you to Berlin’s places of the future.


1. Technology Park Berlin Humboldthain – Cradle of “Electropolis”


Today the listed former AEG complex in Berlin-Wedding is an evolutionary location for top technological companies. With the rapid rise of the electrical industry from 1890 onwards Berlin once became an “electropolis”. Today around 150 companies are dedicated to a wide range of topics – including IT & automation, photonics & optics and medicine & health care. The oldest start-up center in Germany, the Berliner Innovations- und Gründerzentrum, is also located here. Business, science and research benefit from a wide range of synergy effects. An interesting insight into the history of the place can be found here: Visit Berlin


2. The Urban Tech Republic – Future campus at the former TXL


Yesterday an airport, tomorrow a technology park: from 2021, excavators will be rolling in Tegel to convert terminals, towers and hangars into a place for research, teaching and living. One of the main tenants of the planned “Urban Tech Republic” technology park will be Beuth University, which intends to concentrate on expanding its “City of the Future” competence center here. This includes the efficient use of energy, sustainable construction, environmentally friendly mobility and recycling. From 2028, up to 1,000 large and small companies with 20,000 employees will research, develop and produce in the “Urban Tech Republic”. You can read more about the project here: Urban Tech Republic


3. Berlin Campus Charlottenburg – Melting pot of science & business


Technology meets creativity at one of the largest inner-city university complexes in Europe. It is home to companies and start-ups that are already shaping the science and technologies of tomorrow. Internationally active companies and their branches are in close proximity to research and development. The interdisciplinary melting pot was initiated by the Technische Universität of Berlin, the Universität der Künste Berlin and the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. The central symbol of the Berlin Campus Charlottenburg is Ernst-Reuter-Platz, which is characterized by post-war modernist architecture. Details about the location and its surroundings can be found here: Campus Charlottenburg


4. CleanTech Business Park Berlin-Marzahn – Green Tech on a greenfield site


As Berlin’s largest industrial area, the CleanTech Business Park (CBP) in Berlin’s eastern district of Marzahn offers ideal conditions for manufacturing companies specialising in sustainable and efficient technologies. Global players as well as small and medium-sized companies from the sectors of environmentally friendly energy and energy storage, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, recycling management, sustainable water management, raw material and material efficiency as well as green chemistry are represented here. The CBP offers them a wealth of potential and countless opportunities to exchange expertise and know-how. There is also plenty of room for expanding companies to grow in the extensive industrial park. You can find more about this here: Clean tech park


In the coming issues of our newsletter we will introduce you to these other exciting Berlin locations of the future:


Siemensstadt 2.0



Flughafen Tempelhof


Wirtschafts- und Wissenschaftsstandort Berlin Schöneweide



The Corona pandemic is present in Berlin due to many restrictions in public life: all restaurants, cultural facilities, sports halls, clubs and discos are currently closed. But anyone who thinks that nothing is possible in the city is mistaken!

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Now is the perfect time to explore Berlin with the help of exciting apps – free of charge, in the fresh air and at a great distance from the other sparsely-sown strollers or cyclists. The only condition: You should already be in Berlin. Hotels are unfortunately not allowed to accept tourists at the moment. Otherwise, just make a note of our tips for better times.


1. Time travel to the divided city – the wall app


For 28 years, two months and 28 days the Berlin Wall separated East and West. It cut the city in half, ran through buildings, cut off streets, tore families apart. But where exactly did it stand? The app “The Berlin Wall” gives detailed answers – in English and German. The course of the Wall is shown on an interactive map. Photos, audio and video clips and texts are stored at historically significant locations between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz. A data package with further information on interesting historical places in Berlin and Potsdam can be downloaded free of charge.

Wall app for iPhone

Wall app for Android


2. Combine sport with sightseeing – the bike app


With the app “komoot Bike Berlin”, cycling fans can explore the capital along suggested tours and create their own routes. Navigation (including audio function) along the cycle paths is done by GPS. In addition to the route, the app also shows places of interest in the surrounding area, so that spontaneous sightseeing is possible. Once recorded, the bike tours can be called up again and again in offline mode, thus saving the mobile phone battery.

Komoot for iPhone

Komoot for Android


3. To the roots of the City of Engineering – the Siemens app


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the switching plant in Siemensstadt, the Siemens Historical Institute has developed the “Siemens in Berlin” app. With this app you can experience the history of one of the oldest production facilities in Berlin from its beginnings to the present day. But the app offers much more: A total of ten historical and still existing Siemens locations are brought to life in it: from the Charlottenburg Villa Werner von Siemens to the world’s first trolleybus on its test track in Halensee on today’s Kurfürstendamm. Take off from the television tower on Alexanderplatz for a sightseeing flight to important Siemens locations in Berlin.

Siemens app – iPad only


4. Eating with a good conscience – the foodie App


Hungry after a long day exploring? Despite closed restaurants, nobody has to do without good food at the moment. With the app “Too good to go” you can even do good things while enjoying. Because the makers of this app dream of a world without food waste. The app is your chance to be part of this movement. You can save delicious food that has remained unsold in delis, bakeries, restaurants and shops near you. You will always get a surprise bag at a reduced price and do something good for the environment. This could be a salmon and spinach wrap from a deli, a “snack & wine package” from a restaurant or a fresh stew from the organic baker in your neighborhood.

Foodie app for iPhone

Foodie app for Android