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European Commision proposes new EU Blue Card directive
The new EU Blue Card proposal:
- As a distinction to the current EU Blue Card scheme, the new proposal does not allow Member States to have parallel national schemes targeting the same group of highly skilled workers.
- A lower general salary threshold, equivalent to or at the highest 1.4 times the average national salary.
- The required minimum duration of the employment contract is brought down from 12 to 6 months.
- EU Blue Card holders are allowed to exercise a self-employed activity in parallel with their Blue Card occupation.
- Professional experience equivalent to qualifications higher education qualifications to be recognised by Member States.
- Access to EU long-term residence after 3 years if the EU Blue Card holder resided continuously in the same Member State.
- A lower salary threshold should also be laid down to benefit third-country nationals during a certain period after their graduation.
- Member States may offer a special fast-track procedure for trusted employers with fewer conditions to reduce administrative burden.
- Short-term business trips will be less complicated for EU Blue Card holder.
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