EU Blue Card — entry and residence of highly qualified workers

 

SUMMARY OF:

Directive 2009/50/EC — Conditions of entry and residence of non-EU nationals for the purposes of highly-qualified employment

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

KEY POINTS

Review and proposal

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

The directive has applied since 19 June 2009. EU countries had to incorporate it into national law by 19 June 2011.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see ‘Legal migration and Integration’ (European Commission).

KEY TERMS

Highly-qualified employee: someone in paid work who has a specific skill set certified by advanced professional qualifications.
EU Blue Card: a work and residence permit bearing the words ‘EU Blue Card’, entitling the holder to live and work in the EU country that issued it.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Council Directive 2009/50/EC of 25 May 2009 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly qualified employment (OJ L 155, 18.6.2009, pp. 17-29)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States amending Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and repealing Directives 64/221/EEC, 68/360/EEC, 72/194/EEC, 73/148/EEC, 75/34/EEC, 75/35/EEC, 90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC (OJ L 158, 30.4.2004, pp. 77–123)

Corrigendum to Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States amending Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and repealing Directives 64/221/EEC, 68/360/EEC, 72/194/EEC, 73/148/EEC, 75/34/EEC, 75/35/EEC, 90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC (OJ L 158, 30.4.2004) (OJ L 229, 29.6.2004, pp. 35–48)

Successive amendments to Directive 2004/38/EC have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Directive 2013/32/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection (OJ L 180, 29.6.2013, pp. 60–95)

Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing (OJ L 132, 21.5.2016, pp. 21–57)

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Directive 2009/50/EC on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purpose of highly qualified employment (‘EU Blue Card’) (COM(2014) 287 final, 22.5.2014)

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly skilled employment (COM(2016) 378 final, 7.6.2016)

Commission staff working document — Impact Assessment — Accompanying the document Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly skilled employment and repealing Directive 2009/50/EC (SWD(2016) 193 final, 7.6.2016)

Commission staff working document — Executive summary of the Impact Assessment — Accompanying the document Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly skilled employment (SWD(2016) 194 final, 7.6.2016)

last update 14.09.2017



(1) The United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union and becomes a third country (non-EU country) as of 1 February 2020.