Slovakia may implement EU blue card immigration scheme in July

Slovakia may start implementing the European Union's blue card immigration scheme in July, if approved by parliament. The EU blue card is designed to make it easier for non-EU skilled migrants to live and work within the 27 member bloc.

"The Blue Card will enable foreigners from [non-EU countries] to live and work in Slovakia," said Natália Hattalová, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry in a press release.

The blue card would be valid for three years and can be renewed for an additional three years. An applicant for a blue card must have a valid job offer and must also have the required qualifications and experience for the job.

If the Slovak parliament implements the blue card scheme, Slovakia will begin issuing the visas from 1 July 2011.