The EU Blue Card in Spain
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Information about the special European Union work and residence visa scheme for highly-skilled non-EU citizens called the EU Blue Card, including the requirements for, the benefits of, and how to apply for the EU Blue Card.
What is the EU Blue Card?
The EU Blue Card is a special work and residence visa for highly-skilled and/or highly-educated workers who are not citizens of a European Union country. The idea of the EU Blue Card is to attract skilled and educated workers to Europe and compete with the United States, Canada, and Australia as a destination for ‘high potential’ migrant workers. The name itself – Blue Card – is a riff on the United States’ Green Card.
The Blue Card seeks to harmonize requirements for highly-skilled workers throughout the European Union (the idea is that this is to be in addition to, and not instead of, specific national programs) and provide greater mobility for highly-skilled workers within the European Union.
If you wish to make Spain your destination under the Blue Card scheme, you should first look at the quarterly list of Spain’s in-demand jobs called the Catálogo de ocupaciones de difícil cobertura compiled by the Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal (formerly known as INEM). If you find your profession or specialty listed, that is great news! You should have a decent chance at securing a Blue Card. Start looking for jobs in Spain right away.
Benefits of the EU Blue Card
Holders of the Blue Card will be able to enjoy:
- Equal treatment. This includes local working conditions, pay, dismissal rights, pensions, right to travel throughout Europe, etc.
- Family reunification rights.