The “Blue Card”

As everybody knows, there are several countries like USA and Canada where you need some kind of documentation for a legal stay and work such as national Green Card programs. Some of these programs were introduced also in single countries of the European Union.

In the recent past there have been many thoughts about starting a program as USA has, the Green Card, also for the whole European Union. In January 2005 the originator of the idea, the EU commissioner for justice Franco Fratini, called the idea a “Blue Card” after the color in the European flag. This program called by the formal name of “Attractive conditions for the admission and residence of highly qualified immigrants” Memo/07/423, is a scheme to attract highly skilled workers and talented immigrants to the European Union.

The reason why some politicians came out with an idea like this is because Europe is suffering from aging of its population and also wants the EU economy to be more competitive and knowledge-driven. So far the Blue Card is just a proposal, and not a working program.

If u would like to know more about this scheme click here and also you can read some news about this topic here.


Blue Card

– Does not give permanent residency

– Valid up to two years, renewable

– Allows holders and families to live, work and travel in EU

– Applicant must have one-year EU job contract with salary of three times minimum wage

– Permanent residency automatic after five years

Green Card

– Gives holder permanent residency

– Valid for 10 years, renewable

– Allows holder to live, work and travel in the US

– Five channels to seek a card: employment, family links, a lottery, investment, or resident since before 1972

– Holders can become US citizens after five years


5 thoughts on “The “Blue Card”

  1. Yes the concept of this proposal programme is a good approach for an effective development for the Eu-economomy and it´s competitiveness. In relation to continuing trend of globalization within immigration there should be instituted some reforms to offer for example highly-skilled immigrants good opportunities where they can adopt their faculties and finally to get a well paid salary. Even when parts of economical industry don´t have enough employees.
    But in my opinion there should be more restrictions to limit the high number of immigrating people to diverse countries. In Germany f.e. we have got a 600-hour course in German within a 30-hour orientation course in order to learn something about history and culture of the country.

  2. I see this idea as a possible tool of controlling immigration flows to Europe. As we all know lots of European member states have adopted plenty of integration programs for immigrants including obligatory language studies, professional study opportunities for foreigners, special recruitment services and still more than 40 % of immigrants are not willing to work or assimilate into new society. So-called “blue card” ensures that incomer will have a working position and will be useful for receiving state. More over it is much more cheaper and faster to integrate already specialized labour with working contracts into new society.

  3. what is, in my opinion, one of the solutions for the world´s problems is a knowledge society. i think that the idea of the blue card is very well thought out as it positively motivates the “knowledge immigrants” to move and work in Europe. I believe that this is not only beneficial for the immigrant, whose education and experiences can be extremely improved in EU, but also EU gains the very important “knowledge workforce”.. greater diversity, higher education, inter-cultural acceptance.. those are some of the clues of the world´s prosperity.

  4. this seems like a good concept and the regulations of it do not seem to be too strict i will need to read further on this subject before i could make an informed decision of wether i think this program would help give the labour markets in the eu a boost.

  5. Well that would be a great to cpmpensate the aging population and labour force in Europe but here appears another question Does Europe offers attractiveness for Skilled Labour Force.I dont think so. Cause in Europe most of the immigrants are not skilled.Maybe for some countries like Switzerland , it is true.but generally not.
    On the other hand this idea should be supported by better regulations and social programmes.


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