EU Blue Card
European Union (EU) has adopted the EU Blue Card directive
which allows highly skilled Non- EU nationals to live and work in Europe.
Every individual EU nation has been given two years to implement this
directive into a law. Though none of the EU nation has implemented it,
it is expected to become law soon.
EU Blue Card similar to American Green Card is intended to facilitate
non-EU nationals access to the EU Labour Market and entitle them to socio-economic
rights and favourable conditions to bring in their families and move across
Eligibility for EU Blue Card
The admittance criteria for the EU Blue Card concern
- Highly educated or highly qualified
professionals are eligible to applying for Blue Card
- The applicant of EU Blue Card
must have been offered a job in any of the EU member nation for at least
The Gross Monthly Income shall not be less than 1.5 times
the average monthly income in the EU members state.
Applying for EU Blue Card
Any non-EU national to apply for EU Blue Card needs to
apply for an open position in his chosen EU country (except for Great
Britain, Ireland and Denmark).
The EU nation has 90 days to decide upon the application.
Benefits of EU Blue Card
- Blue Card is valid upto 4 years
and is renewable
- It does not entitle the holder
for permanent residency
- Blue Card entitles the holders
to enjoy the equal social status and benefits of a member country to
that of its nationals.
- Blue Card holders can relocate
after 18 months of legal residence in one member country to any other
EU member country for the purpose of highly skilled employment
EU Work Permit
Successful visa applicants admitted under the Blue Card
scheme will receive a special residence and work permit, entitling them
to EU residential and economic rights and favourable conditions for bringing
along family members.
Access to the labour market in the country where the Blue Card is issued
will be restricted for a minimum of two years after which holders of the
card can move to another Member State for highly qualified work.
Workers on the Blue Card can add up periods of residence in different
Member States to obtain long-term EC residence, enabling them to buy a
house, run a business, have investments, travel, obtain credit, get a
driving license etc. in the EU.