Germany wants more workers from Western Balkans

Starting June 1, 2024, Germany will increase the number of work visas granted to nationals of Western Balkan countries who want to become part of the German labour market under the Western Balkans Regulation.

As the German authorities have revealed, the annual quota for Western Balkans will be increased to 50,000 from June.

This means that citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia will soon be able to enjoy privileged access to the German labour market.

“From June 2024, the annual quota will be increased to 50,000 approvals issued by the Federal Labour Agency,” the German Embassy in Sarajevo confirmed.

In addition to increasing the quota, the German authorities have explained that starting from next month, the procedure for obtaining a visa under the Western Regulation is also changing.

However, the authorities did not reveal any additional information on the matter. They only said that new information would be made available soon and, at the same time, stressed that until then, all applications will continue to be allocated through the lottery system.

The last drawing on appointments for a visa through the lottery system for appointments on June 2024 will take place in May.

This means that when the new quota for workers from the Western Balkans enters into force, Germany will no longer allocate visa appointments through the lottery system.

The next registration for an appointment for a German work visa under the Western Balkan Regulation will open on May 7, 2024, and will close on May 14.

(Blic, 07.05.2024)

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