On September 15, in plenary session in Strasbourg the European Parliament voted in favor of a directive to change the rules for obtaining a blue card (Blue Card), which gives highly qualified foreigners the right to work in the European Union. This was reported by Deutsche Welle.
The document was supported by 556 MEPs, 105 voted against, and another 31 abstained.
The new rules simplify the procedure for issuing a blue card. In particular, now that a person can get this document, their salary thresholds have been made more flexible - in the range between 100% and 160% of the national average. So far, it was 150%.
In addition, the term of the employment contract, which is mandatory for obtaining a Blue Card, will be reduced from one year to six months.
Now the directive must be finally approved by the European Council. Following its official publication, EU countries will have two years to implement the new rules into their national legislation.
The system of blue cards was approved in the European Union in 2009, it came into force in 2011.
Blue Card is a residence and work permit in one of the 25 countries of the European Union (except Denmark and Ireland) for highly qualified citizens of non-EU countries. High qualification is understood primarily as university education.
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