EU Blue Card

The European Blue Card

The European Blue Card is a standardized work permit that allows workers from outside the European Union (EU) to live and work in 25 of the 28 EU member states. The countries that do not participate in the Blue Card system are the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark.

Our experienced immigration specialists can assist with the Blue Card application process. Non-EU citizens who wish to work in the EU and EU employers who wish to hire foreign workers can contact us at the following details.

Duration of stay

Blue cards are normally issued for 1 to 4 years and are renewable. The card also allows the holder to travel between and visit Blue Card Program countries, but only for a combined period of 90 days in a 6-month period.

Conditions for eligibility

To be eligible for a European Blue Card, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree or 5 years of professional experience.
  • A job offer in a Blue Card program country that:
    • Pays at least 150% of the country’s minimum wage
    • Is valid for at least 1 year
    • Has a contract or other binding legal agreement: self-employment cannot be used to apply
  • Registration and other professional requirements for their field, if applicable
    Change of job or employer

After 18 months with a Blue Card, workers can apply for a new Blue Card for another country. After 2 years with a Blue Card, candidates are often free to change employers or work for a new employer in the same country. Some countries are more restrictive about changing jobs and employers.

Family members

The Blue Card allows applicants to include family members in their application.

Become unemployed

If Blue Card holders lose their jobs, they have 3 months to stay in the country and look for work, during which time they can apply for Social Security benefits. If they are still unemployed after 3 months, their Blue Card can be revoked.

An overview of vacancies available in the EU, job information in all countries, can be found on

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