Here, we will explain the purpose of the Intra Company Transfer (ICT) card for Germany, the eligibility criteria, and the application process. For expert assistance with your immigration matter, contact Reiss Edwards, immigration lawyers and solicitors in London.
In our highly globalised world, being able to transfer staff within the same organisation or group of companies from one country to another is highly advantageous. Doing so can enable a multi-national business to move workers with expertise and senior management experience where they are most needed. If you plan to move staff within your organisation to work in Germany, you have two main options; the intra-company transfer (ICT) permit route and the international exchange programme. Here, we will explain the purposes of the Intra Company Transfer (ICT) card for Germany, the eligibility criteria, and the application process
The ICT scheme is an EU-wide initiative (Directive 2014/66/EU) that enables businesses based outside of the EU to send senior and skilled staff, in addition to trainees, to work for an office of the same organisation in Germany. The ICT is used widely by multi-national organisations to facilitate the global mobility of their valued workers. Using the ICT scheme means that skilled and experienced staff can be relocated where they are needed from outside the EU to inside the EU. The scheme has been implemented in all of the EU Member States, with the exception of Denmark and Ireland. Workers who are sent to Germany through the ICT scheme are given an ICT card by the German immigration authorities. This provides them with temporary residence status in Germany.
If granted, an ICT card is valid for up to three years for managers and specialists and one year for trainees.
If you are planning to work in more than one EU nation during your transfer, you will require an ICT Card for the country in which you plan to spend the longest period of time working for your company.
In order for a member of staff to be transferred to Germany under the ICT scheme, the following criteria must be met:
If you are a non-EU/EEA national in Germany on an Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) card, and you hold temporary residence, then your spouse and children will be able to join you. In order for your spouse and dependant children to join you, you will need to prove that you:
There are three main steps:
Your visa application will be made through the German embassy in your home country. The embassy will book a time and date for your appointment and will explain the documents you will need to bring; these may include:
You will also need to pay the application fee for your visa; this is currently EUR75.00 (and EUR37.50 for children). If approved, the German immigration authorities will grant the required visas, at which time you can make arrangements for your travel to Germany.
Having arrived in Germany, you will then need to apply for a residence permit within three months at your local immigration office.
The steps involved in applying for a residence permit are as follows:
Permits under the ICT scheme are valid for up to three years (or one year for trainees) and can’t be extended beyond this period. If you need further information regarding your visa and permit options, speak to an immigration lawyer who will be able to advise you.
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