EU Blue Card
The Lisbon European Council in March 2000 set the Community the objective of
becoming the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world,
capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs, and greater social
In October 2007, the European Commission adopted two proposals. The first to establish a Framework Directive for the purpose of the admission of highly educated migrants to the EU, later known as the EU Blue Card directive. The second proposal is a directive to simplify migration procedures by funneling applicants into a single application procedure, the single permit directive. In May 2009, the European Council adopted the EU Blue Card directive. In December 2011, the single permit directive was adopted.
Together, they establish the EU Blue Card Scheme: A demand-driven, residence and work permit.
"Labour migration into Europe boosts our competitiveness and therefore our economic growth.
It also helps tackle demographic problems resulting from our ageing population."
José Manuel Barroso
The EU Blue Card Scheme is designed to make Europe a more attractive destination for highly educated persons from outside the European Union. All EU member states, except the United Kingdom, Denmark and Ireland, participate in the EU Blue Card scheme.
Highly qualified persons have opted in the past for destinations such as the United States, Canada or Australia. The European initiative has a number of distinctive qualities that will help Europe become the world's most favourite migration destination:
- Working and salary conditions equal to nationals
- Free movement within the Schengen area
- Entitlement to a series of socio-economic rights (e.g. unemployment benefit)
- Favourable conditions for family reunification
- Permanent residence perspective
- Freedom of association
The EU Blue Card Network enables you to create a profile for potential employers to consult, and a platform to electronically submit the Blue Card application. Three key conditions are to be met in order to request the EU Blue Card.
- Non-EU citizenship
- Completed higher-education
- Work contract or binding job offer