Germany To Ease Long-Term Esports Visa Rules In 2020
Posted 27th December 2019 By: Derpina    226 Views
Esports News – For decades, professional esports players from different regions have been struggling to join international competitions due to visa processing issues. Some had to sacrifice training schedules, while others didn’t make it at all. In response to this, Germany finally took a step forward to offer a dedicated esports visa for professional athletes and coaches.
The German Esports Federation (ESBD), an organization monitoring esports in Germany, recently announced that the German Federal Government and its States updated the Skilled Immigration Act, a new law that allows qualified professionals to enter and work in the country. The act will affect tourists and temporary visitors like esports professionals.
Hans Jagnow, the president of the ESBD, applauded the government’s decision since the law allows esports to thrive in the country. In a press release, Jagnow commented: “The German esports visa will be a big advantage for events hosted in Germany. We are the first country to establish a dedicated visa category for esports. There are more international esports events expected to take place in Germany.”
The Skilled Immigration Act has been approved over a year ago by the cabinet of Chancellor Merkel to attract foreign workers and solve job shortage issues in Germany. But it was only in December that ESBD announced the inclusion of esports professionals. The law comes into effect by March 2020.
Germany Visa procedure for esports players
The Skilled Immigration Act is beneficial to professional esports players and coaches from other countries outside the European Union. It would be easier for them to acquire a long-term German visa to train and compete in the country whenever there’s an international tournament.
Applicants must meet the minimum age requirement of 16 years old. Other conditions and requirements to get an esports visa are the following: an identification card or certificate containing the applicant’s age and date of birth, a certain salary range, confirmation of national or international esports activity from an esports organization and its governing body.
If approved, esports professionals can work or stay in Germany on a long-term basis. Before, esports visas only allow athletes and coaches to stay in the country for 90 days upon their arrival.