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Blue vs. Green

The U.S. Green Card has been around for a while. Europe's response - the Blue Card - just came into being in 2009 but of late has gotten its fair share of applicants who are skilled workers and professionals. What color is your future? Find out.

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Blue vs. Green
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Posted on April 25, 2015 | DenmarkFranceGermanyIrelandNorway SpainSwedenUnited Kingdom

How Europe Turned to Blue

Birth of the Blue - European Council Directive of May 25, 2009

Law-making- There are 3 main institutions involved in EU legislation:

  • 1) the European Parliament, which represents the EU’s citizens and is directly elected by them;
  • 2) the Council of the European Union, which represents the governments of the individual member countries. The Presidency of the Council is shared by the member states on a rotating basis.
  • 3) the European Commission, which represents the interests of the Union as a whole.
  • Access to European Union Law - For other legislation other than migration-related.

  • How to Qualify - Entry conditions
  • To be allowed into the EU, the applicant must produce:

    • 1) a work contract or binding job offer with a salary of at least 1,5 times the average gross annual salary paid in the Member State concerned (Member States may lower the salary threshold to 1,2 for certain professions where there is a particular need for third-country workers); 
    • 2)  a valid travel document and a valid residence permit or a national long-term visa;
    • proof of sickness insurance;
    • 3)  for regulated professions, documents establishing that s/he meets the legal requirements, and for unregulated professions, the documents establishing the relevant higher professional qualifications.

    • If you wish to see what jobs are plentiful in Europe, then your first click should be  Look for Available Job Openings in EU

    • FAQs on Blue Card from a Member State.  Want to know more beyond the basics?  Germany has compiled the most common questions that apply to all members with Blue Card programs

About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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