EU Blue Card
Am I eligible for the Blue Card?
If you are a non-EU citizen and you have completed at least the first stage of tertiary education or you have proven professional skills, then you are eligible. Make sure you take the first, essential step by adding your profile to the Blue Card Network.
I'm in Europe on a student visa, am I eligible for the Blue Card?
Upon completion of your studies, you may continue your stay in Europe on the EU Blue Card. Many European countries provide possibilities to stay in Europe for a number of months after graduation to orientate on the labour market.
Can the Blue Card provide permanent residency in the EU?
The time employed on the blue card, in various countries or in one, accumulates. After two to five years, depending on the country of residence, you can apply for permanent residency.
Which nationals are excluded from blue card ownership?
Citizens of the European Economic Area (European Union, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland). Citizens of overseas countries and territories (OCTs) that have constitutional ties with EU member states, examples of OCTs are Pitcairn Island, Montserrat and Greenland.
Which European countries do issue the EU Blue Card?
The following EU countries have committed to issue the EU Blue Card:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (unconfirmed), Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
I live in a country outside of Europe; can I still apply for the Blue Card?
Your current location is not relevant. Applying for the Blue Card does not require your physical presence in Europe.
Who issues the EU Blue Card?
The immigration services of the country in which the employment and residence will be taken up.
What will my salary be in the EU?
The EU Blue Card directive proposes that the employer pays the card holder a salary of at least 1.5 times the average gross salary of the respective country. This is a 'rule of thumb'. Exceptions exist, e.g. MINT professions (Mathematics / Information technology / Natural sciences/ Technology) are paid at least EUR 38688 (2016) annually in Germany.
How successful is the EU blue card?
The Blue Card is quite a success. In Germany alone, over 35,000 cards have been issued before October 1st 2015. The US Green Card has been around since the 1920s, it will take time before the Blue Card enjoys equal global recognition.
Are there any language requirements for the EU Blue Card?
There are no language requirements defined by EU blue Card law. It may be helpful to be able demonstrate a level of proficiency with a local European language, but it is not an obligation.
EU Blue Card Network - Candidates
What does credential in my profile mean?
The EU Blue Card holder has to have a certain level of education and/or professional skills.
The 'credential' procedure verifies your education, or professional skills. It demonstrates your eligibility for the EU Blue Card to employers, it completes your profile and activates the 'submit application' funtionality.
You are expected to have obtained an Associate degree (or higher), or a CV that shows you have at least five years of professional experience related to the profession mentioned in your profile.
Education: Enter details on your education.
Professional experience: verification is based on the CV, or résumé, linked to your profile. Past employers are not contacted for reference.
What does employer views in my profile mean?
This is the number of times an employer or recruiter accessed your profile. This number is updated weekly.
Will turning down job offers have any consequences for my standing in the Network?
Candidates have full control over their responses towards any job offers. It does not have any effect on any future interaction.
The submit application button is not active on the profile page. When will it be active?
When your profile is 100% completed the 'submit application' button is activated.
A completed profile activates the application submission functionality. For a number of consulates the application process is automated, for others we guide you to the correct procedure.
Once activated, the submit application button remains active for five years.
In my profile, what do you mean by leaving the date of availability to default?
If you are available for employment immediately, or within one month, you can set the date of availability to day/month/year; the first option of each date element.
How can I reset my password?
When an invalid password in entered, the login follow-up page will provide solutions to setting a new password.
EU Blue Card Network - Employers
I’m in need of qualified professionals, where do I sign-up?
Please find detailed instructions by clicking the employer tab on top of this page.
The advantages of the blue card for candidates are clear, but what is my advantage?
EU Blue Card law dictates European immigration services to issue the Blue Card work- and residence permit within three months. This is considerably faster than most local alternatives.
What if my candidate does not have a work permit?
Employers mitigate this chicken or the egg dilemma by adding the following line in their employment contract:
'This contract shall enter into force upon issuance of a work permit (blue card)'.
The issuing authority is then assured the job contract to be binding upon issuance of the Blue Card. The blue card functions as single work- and residence permit.
Can I send my employee, a blue card holder, temporarily to our branch office in another country?
Immigration services typically allow a blue card holder to work up to three months in a branch office of the same company.