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Many countries make up Europe, each with its language and culture. Therefore, the Council of Europe worked a system to validate an individual’s ability for 40 European languages.
This framework is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, often referred to as CEFR or CEFRL. Your CEFR score is essential to prove that you are eligible to study, work, or live permanently in the European Union.
The CEFR offers exams and issues corresponding certificates for the six CEFR levels. Like all other language proficiency exams, the CEFR test your speaking, reading, and writing abilities and your understanding of the language.
After receiving your CEFR certificate, Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (or BAMF) may check if you meet the language requirements and quickly decide on your migration application.
The CEFR levels are:
If you are applying to work in Germany under the Blue Card program, aim for B1 CEFR Level. Life will undoubtedly be more comfortable once you have reached this language level. For one, you will speak German in your everyday life at home, in your workplace, and with your friends.
At the B1 CEFR level, you should be able to deal with most situations while traveling around Germany, such as asking for directions. As you can write or read text on topics familiar to you, you may engage in meaningful conversations. For example, you may describe and give reasons for your personal experiences, events, dreams, hopes, and ambition—and venture an opinion.
Second, gaining B1 CEFR certification may change your immigration status. Blue Card holders can apply for their unlimited residence permit, or unlimited residence permit, after thirty-three months.
However, if you can show B1 CEFR language skills in Germany, you may apply for your unlimited residence permit before two years is over.
Authors & Contributors
Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.
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