Katja Ponert, vpmk Rechtsanwälte,

Katja Ponert

Lawyer | PartnerSpecialist lawyer for social law

  • Migration law
  • EU Blue Card
  • Business start-up and investment in Germany
  • Foreign skilled workers for companies
  • Freelance activity
  • Right of free movement/ EU
  • Nationality law
  • Social law


  • Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg i. Br. and as a scholarship holder in
    Barcelona; Focus: European & International Law.
  • Legal clerkship Freiburg, Offenburg, Frankfurt and Berlin;
    Collaboration with Pro Asyl/Frankfurt,
    UNHCR/ Berlin
  • Involvement in the Federal Working Group of Critical Law Groups, editor of the journal
    “Forum Recht”; research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign
    and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i. Br.
  • From August 2003 to July 2004, advisor for migration and refugee policy at the
    Bundestag faction Bündnis 90/Die Grünen; focus: legal support of the
    Negotiations on the Immigration Act; handling of aspects of aliens law in Hartz III and IV and the Act to Combat Clandestine Employment, work permit law
  • Admitted to the bar in June 2004
  • Partner of vpmk Attorneys at Law since January 2006
  • Successful participation in the specialist course for migration law and social law


  • ARGE Migration Law in the German Bar Association
  • Working group on aliens law of the RAV in Berlin

Recent publications and lectures

  • Author of the chapter “Erwerbsmigration” in “Immigration Law – The Law of Labor and Education Migration”, v. Harbou / Weizsäcker (eds.), C.H. Beck Verlag, 1st edition 2018.
  • Lecture at the Friedrich-Eberts-Stiftung “Erwerbstätigenzuwanderung im Klartext: Faire
    Design creates perspectives”, October 2018
  • Guest lecturer at the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH Hannover) as part of the block course “Fundamentals of residence law, as well as delinquency and its impact on residence status”, November 2022


  • Volunteer consultant in migration law for various initiatives and organizations
  • Free legal advice for refugees and displaced persons in the action alliance “We’re doing it