Hungary introduces European Union blue card scheme

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Hungary has introduced the European Union blue card scheme which allows entry of skilled non-EU nationals to Hungary and certain other EU member states.

The EU blue card is issued to highly skilled workers who obtain a job offer and meets the requirements of the scheme. However only certain member states have agreed to take part in the scheme. Hungary will issue a blue card for up to four years to qualifying applicants.

After 18 months of legal employment, a blue card holder can move to another EU member state.

Hungary is also expected to enact rules which would limit the number of non-EU workers allowed to take employment in Hungary; Blue card holders will be included in this quota. Qualifying salary levels will also be laid down.

Moreover, Hungary may limit employment in certain job sectors to Hungarian and EU nationals only.