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Union and the SPD have agreed on the concrete structure of the planned immigration law


The Federal Interior Ministry had given the draft bill on Monday in the vote with the other ministries, reported the „Süddeutsche Zeitung“. Previously, the three main ministries dealing with Home Affairs, Labor and Economic Affairs had voted in favor of each other. Accordingly, the Cabinet decision is scheduled for December 19.

At the beginning of October, after long disputes, the Grand Coalition had agreed on the basic features of a law for facilitating the influx of foreign workers.

According to the „Süddeutsche Zeitung“, anyone should be allowed to work in Germany in the future who has an employment contract „and a recognized qualification“. The previously required test as to whether a German or an EU citizen would be eligible for the position is therefore eliminated, as is the restriction to so-called bottleneck occupations.

Anyone who has a vocational training, should also be allowed to enter for a limited time for a job search, reports the „Süddeutsche Zeitung“, citing the draft bill. This regulation will initially be valid for five years on a trial basis. It is therefore also possible to stay in order to qualify further.

No deportation during the training

In the future, uniform standards for the so-called „three-plus-two-rule“ will apply, according to which apprentices will not be deported during their apprenticeship and may work in Germany for two years after graduation.

The draft also provides „clear criteria for a reliable status“ for those who are tolerated, who work, earn a living and are well integrated. The prerequisite for this two-year „employment toleration“ is that those affected have been employed for at least 35 hours per week for one and a half years.

The question of dealing with tolerated, well-integrated refugees was one of the main issues of controversy between the Union and the SPD. The SPD could not enforce its claim to allow refugees with a job in a negative asylum decision a „change of lane“ in the immigration law.