EU Blue Card Validity

The validity of the EU Blue Card is from 1 up to 4 years depending on your work contract. If your work contract gets extended, you can renew your EU Blue Card accordingly. After the expiration date of the EU Blue Card, you are granted 3 additional months in order to provide you with a sufficient amount of time to extend or find another job, should circumstances change.

In case you are applying for the EU Blue Card renewal, accompanying the rest of the documents should be:

  • A copy of your earlier EU Blue Card

While your application is being processed, which may take up to 90 days to complete, you are allowed to legally work and reside in the hosting state.

EU Blue Card benefits

Amongst many exceptional advantages gained by becoming an EU Blue Card holder, presented below you may find an overview of the key beneficial components:

All benefits except for housing, loans and grants are provided to the EU Blue Card holders.

EU Blue Card holders are allowed to go back to their home countries or other non-EU states for a maximum of 12 consecutive months without losing the EU Blue Card ownership.

You can apply for the permanent residency permit after 33 months of working in the first hosting state, or 21 months if B1 language level knowledge is achieved.

EU Blue Card rejection

You will be rejected the EU Blue Card ownership if the documentation delivered is not sufficient to make you an eligible candidate.

In case of missing documents, you can re-apply by attaching the missing documents to the rest of the documentation, before the deadline set by the competent authorities.

You may be rejected or withdrawn the EU Blue Card, if:

  • There is a lack of qualified workers in the specific job-group in your home country, causing brain drain
  • If the number of workers accepted is pre-defined by the hosting state
  • Your employer took part in fraudulent actions
  • Your documents prove to be false
  • If you are a hazard to society
  • If you no longer meet the required conditions
  • If there are national citizens, EU citizens, or non-EU citizens already living in the desired hosting state who can take up the position.

You have the right to appeal for re-evaluation of your EU Blue Card permit status. The hosting states’ competent authorities will determine the court and the time where the appeal may take place. If you do not apply before the deadline, you will be rejected.