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The EU Blue Card – What you need to know

The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit granted by a member state of the European Union. Citizens of third countries can apply for it in order to commence employment in the specific EU state. Its name is derived from the U.S. “Green Card” and the blue color of the European flag.

The legal basis is EU Directive 2009/50/EC. In October 2007, the European Commission adopted two proposals: the first one known as the EU Blue Card Directive, which was adopted by the European Council in May 2009 for the purpose of admitting skilled and educated migrants to the EU, and the second known as the Single Permit Directive, which simplifies migration procedures by funneling applicants into a single application procedure. The second directive was adopted in December 2011.

Together, the directives establish the EU Blue Card Scheme: a demand-driven, residence and work permit.

The Blue Card’s purpose is to make it possible for the residence of third-country nationals in the EU to balance the expected or already existing shortage of qualified persons in a lot of employment sectors.

The EU Blue Card is granted within the entire EU, except for Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark.

Read the full text here: The EU Blue Card-Working in Europe

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