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European Blue Card

The European Blue Card is a standardised work permit which allows workers from outside of the European Union (EU) to live and work in 25 of the 28 EU member states. The countries which do not participate in the Blue Card scheme are the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Denmark.

Our experienced immigration specialists can help in Blue Card applications. Non-EU nationals who wish to work in the EU, and EU employers wishing to hire foreign workers can contact us using the details below.

Telephone:  0344 991 9222

Length of stay

Blue Cards are usually issued for between 1 and 4 years, and can be renewed. The card also allows the holder to travel between and visit other Blue Card scheme countries, but only for a combined period of 90 days in any 6 month period.

Eligibility conditions

In order to be eligible for a European Blue Card candidates must have:

  • At least a Bachelor's degree or 5 years of professional experience

  • A job offer in a Blue Card scheme country, which:

    • Pays at least 150% of the country's minimum wage

    • Will last for at least 1 year

    • Has a contract or other binding legal agreement: self employed work cannot be used to apply

  • Registration and any other professional requirements for their field, if applicable

Changing jobs or employers

After 18 months on a Blue Card workers can apply for a new Blue Card for a different country. After 2 years on a Blue card candidates are often free to change jobs with their employer, or start working for a new employer in the same country. Some countries are more restrictive in regards to changing jobs and employers.

Family members

The Blue Card allows applicants to include family members on their application.

Becoming unemployed

If Blue Card holders lose their job they are given 3 months to remain in the country and look for work, and can claim social security benefits in this time. If they are still unemployed after 3 months their Blue card may be withdrawn.

Further Information, help, and advice has over twenty years of experience helping people immigrate to countries all over the World. Whether you wish to visit, work, study, or hire workers in the European Union our specialist team of immigration experts can help you with one to one advice, information, and representation when applying for your European visa or work permit.

For more information and advice on European immigration law and visa applications please contact us on 0344 991 9222 or at