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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.

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