In a speech to the Bundestag, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for the Skilled Workers Immigration Act to be enforced so that “a nurse from Georgia and an IT specialist from India would not have to wait months for a visa or a work permit”.
The law, approved in June of this year, is set to go into effect in March 2024. It envisages the simplification of the immigration procedure for qualified personnel in Germany.
Scholz pointed out that 13 million workers would retire by the middle of the next decade.
“For companies, the biggest factor of uncertainty is the shortage of labour,” he added.