"The EU Blue Card is a measure to attract and retain highly qualified third-country workers as part of an approach based on the needs of the Member States of the European Union."

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Participating EU Member States

In the following Member States of the European Union and European Economic Area the EU Blue Card can be applied for.  

Belgium
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Germany
Estonia
Finland
France (including French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte and La Reunion)
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein - (EEA)
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
The Netherlands (excluding Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten + Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius)
Norway - (EEA)
Austria
Poland
Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
Romania
Slovenia
Slovakia
Spain (including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands
Czech Republic
Iceland - (EEA)
Sweden

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EU Blue Card holders and right for search period

3 April 2018 Highly skilled migrants (‘kennismigranten’) did already have the legal right for a search period of 3 months after premature termination of...

EU Blue Card Government filing fee reduced

30 March 2018 The government filing fees for the EU Blue Card is lowered as of 3 May 2018. Also other work related residence permits, like the highly skilled...

Salary threshold for EU Blue Card in 2018

4 December 2017 The new salary threshold to qualify for the EU Blue Card in 2018 is published. The gross monthly salary threshold is EUR 5,160 exclusive of...

Nationals of Ukraine travel visa free

9 June 2017 As of 11 June 2017, nationals of Ukraine will no longer require a visa for a short stay visit (that is a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period)...

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