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Germany to accelerate visa issuance for foreign workers, confirms foreign minister

08:11 PM | 18 Jun, 2024
Germany to accelerate visa issuance for foreign workers, confirms foreign minister

BERLIN - In a significant announcement for aspiring immigrants, the German Foreign Minister revealed that the country was intensifying efforts to streamline visa processes for skilled workers essential to the country's economy.

In this regard, Annalena Baerbock highlighted that waiting times for visas at the German embassy in New Delhi have been drastically reduced to just two weeks, down from nine months previously, attributing this improvement to advancements in digitalization and centralization of visa services.

The German Foreign Ministry has set an ambitious goal to fully digitalize the visa procedure by the end of next year's legislative period.

According to ministry projections, the issuance of national visas would need to increase by 63% to accommodate the influx of approximately 400,000 individuals annually required to sustain stable employment levels in Germany.

As the German Foreign Minister elaborated plans to expedite the process for visa issuance, Katharina Dröge, head of the Greens parliamentary group, proposed a "social pact for a welcome culture," urging collaboration among businesses, employees, and policymakers to foster an inclusive environment for foreign skilled workers.

"We aim to further simplify entry barriers and improve access to the German labor market, advocating for a political discourse that counters prejudicial attitudes," Dröge emphasized in her remarks at a gathering with the foreign minister in attendance.

It is to be highlighted that the government of Germany is easing visa restrictions for foreign workers as labor crisis in one of Europe's strongest economies has worsened; the country needs at least 4 hundred thousand immigrants each year to keep its firms running and maintain exports.

The shortage of skilled individuals has risen to unprecedented levels as statistics reveal and surveys, companies have admitted that they are facing the heat of labor shortage which was also affecting their efficiency. 

The government of Germany has recently introduced the opportunity card or Chancenkarte which allows foreign workers to arrive in Germany even without a job offer and search for employment.

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65



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