New Blue Card: Agreement on an improved EU admission system for highly qualified workers
Towards new Blue Card: European Parliament (EP) and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal to make the Blue Card system more attractive to highly qualified third-country nationals wishing to work in the EU.
Under the newly agreed rules, applicants – who will be able to apply also from within the EU territory – will need to present a work contract or a binding job offer of a minimum of six months.
Currently, an offer of minimum 12 months is required, as well as evidence of their higher qualifications or professional skills. In certain cases, for example in the information and communication technology sector, qualifications can be replaced with relevant professional experience.
The salary threshold for applicants has been reduced to at least 100 % but not more than 160 % of the average gross annual salary in the member state of employment. This figure is currently at least 150 % with no upper limit.
Blue Card holders will be able to move more easily from one EU member state to another after an initial 12-month period in the first member state.
The situation of accompanying family members will also be improved through faster reunification procedures and access to the labour market.
Alongside the EU-wide admission system, national schemes will continue to exist in member states.