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 cohesion.

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
  • Favourable conditions for family reunification
  • Permanent residence perspective
  • Freedom of association


In order to request the EU Blue Card, you are expected to meet these conditions:

  • You are a non-EU national
  • In possession of a higher education qualification
  • You have a valid work contract, or binding job offer, in the EU

EU Blue Card Network is the global platform to secure a job in the European Union.
Read about how we work and what we can do for you.

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