EU Blue Card- An Ultimate Gateway to Europe
Are you a highly-skilled professional wishing to live and work in Europe? If so, you will be able to get an EU Blue Card. An EU Blue Card allows highly-qualified and experienced professionals outside the EU to live and work in any European country. To apply, the candidate must have higher qualifications, including a university degree, a valid employment letter, or a contract with a high salary compared to average European standards. 25 EU countries grant the EU Blue card out of 27. It is not valid in Denmark and Ireland.
Who is considered a highly-skilled worker?
You will be called a highly-skilled professional if you have a job offer in Europe of at least one year and meet the following conditions:
- Demonstrate ‘higher professional qualifications’ via educational degrees/certificates. Some European countries also accept at least five years of professional experience.
- You must be a paid employee, as the blue card does not apply to self-employed workers or entrepreneurs.
- Your annual gross salary must be high compared to the average European standard.
- Your job offer letter must be valid for at least one year.
- You must demonstrate all travel and health insurance documents for yourself and your accompanying family members.
- You must meet all legal obligations related to your occupation.
What are the benefits of an EU Blue Card?
- Equal work opportunities and higher wages to eligible applicants
- Freedom of moving with Europe
- Access to social benefits, work rights, health, and education opportunities
- Bring your family to live with you in the country which issues your EU Blue Card
- Pathway to European residency
Following are the names of European countries where Blue-card does not apply:
How long can you work with an EU blue card?
You can live and work for up to two to four years. You can also renew the card for the same duration, provided you fulfil the eligibility requirements. With the Blue Card, you can enter, re-enter and stay in the EU country that has issued you the card. You can also move to and from other EU countries and stay there for up to three months.
EU Blue Card- Where can you apply?
While applying for the blue card, you and your employer must apply to the national authorities where you want to work. Your location of work and the country’s rules will determine the exact cost of your visa.
What is the processing time?
Depending on the country, you must receive a decision within 90 days of your application submission date.