Who can apply for the EU blue card?
When applying for the EU Blue Card, except for being a non-EU citizen, several other requirements must be met and the steps to become an EU Blue Card holder vary by category:
There are possibilities for:
As well as:
Because of emerging labor shortages within Europe, the demand for additional qualified workers has arisen especially in professions where the lack of workforce is more evident, such as:
- Natural Sciences
The aforementioned professionals have a higher chance of obtaining the EU Blue Card due to lack of candidates and lower annual income, approximately 1.2 times the average salary in hosting country.
Recently, the focus is drawn towards the improvement of policies for the self-employed and entrepreneurs whilst the self-employed individuals, interested in applying for the EU Blue Card, must:
- Provide an economic interest that is scarce in the hosting EU member state
- The business will have a positive effect in the overall economy of the hosting state
- You possess sufficient financial resources to provide for the operation of the business
Also, these candidates must:
- Have a successful business experience
- Impact employment
- Contribute to trainings, research and innovation
Moreover, the independent business must be related to the knowledge gained either in university or by the work experience as a scientist, academic or other highly-qualified occupation.
Document requirements and preparation will be explained in detail for each candidate category on the How to Apply section.
Citizens of these countries may apply for the EU Blue Card
Central African Republic
Congo, Dem. Rep.
São Tomé and Príncipe
China, Hong Kong
China, Macau SAR
Trinidad and Tobago
Papua New Guinea
Citizens of these countries do not need to apply for the EU Blue Card
EU citizens are allowed to stay within the EU for reasons of residency, work, study, or job-seeking for unlimited periods of time without applying for a visa. EU citizens must notify the adequate authorities when doing so.
Whereas, the following are the citizens of countries that do not need to obtain an EU Blue Card in order to enter any of the EU Member States:
- New Zealand
- Republic of Korea (South Korea)
However, you should bear in mind that the period allowed to stay as a visitor or a job-seeker in one EU member state should not be exceeded.
Also, it is important that citizens of the aforementioned countries apply for a work and residency permit in the appropriate Embassy or Consulate, should they find a job or be recruited by any of the EU member states.
Special EU countries
34 overseas territories, including 9 Outermost Regions (OMR) and 25 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) which depend constitutionally on six EU member states (Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom) do not need to apply for the EU Blue Card. In principle, they are EU citizens, although they are neither considered part of the EU, nor subject to the EU law.
- Canary Islands
- French Guyana
- Saint Barthélemy
- Saint Martin
Overseas Countries and Territories:
- British Antarctic territories
- British Indian Ocean territories
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falk Islands
- French Antarctic & Austral territories
- French Polynesia
- New Caledonia
- Saint Helena
- Saint Pierre & Miquelon Greenland
- Saint Eustatius
- Saint Marten
- South Georgia
- South Sandwich Islands
- Tristan de Cunha
- Turk & Caicos Islands
- Wallis & Futuna
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