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EU Immigration: A Proposal for EU Blue Cards

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Jul 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

To Strengthen European Immigration, European Union Proposes New Blue Card Directive

EU Blue Card

On June 7th, 2016, the European Commission issued a new proposal regarding improvements to the EU Blue Card program. This proposal is meant to attract highly skilled workers, and to pave the way for European immigration from third countries to member states of the European Union, excluding the United Kingdom, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland.

This EU Blue Card proposal is an attempt to unify member states and their role in the Blue Card process. This recent proposal is based on a directive regarding the program, issued in 2009. The new proposal aims to shorten the binding employment offer requirement from 12 to 6 months and to allow citizens of third countries, without degrees, to meet the experience requirement in order to be eligible for an EU Blue Card. This directive would also allow cardholders to be self-employed, while being employed by a sponsor company and would allow eligible, third party workers, to gain long-term residency status in an EU member state.

Blue Card Directive May Prove to Be Ineffective in Some Member States

Directives, such as this one, are up for interpretation by member states to implement in a process they deem appropriate. The legal method of action to implement these directives can vary drastically between each nation in the European Union. Regarding European immigration, European Union legislators have drafted the June proposal in a manner that is much more specific and leaves less room for interpretation by member states.

Like the 2009 proposal, this directive may prove to be an ineffective method to implement a new EU Blue Card system. Unlike regulations, which become national law as soon as enforced, member states may never fully implement the latest proposed directive. This directive, proposed to improve European immigration, European Union immigration may remain relatively unaffected in certain member states, all depending on how each nation chooses to adhere to the law.

If you're looking to move your employees to European Union member states, doing so on your own accord can prove to be challenging. Newcomers, based in Sweden, specialize in relocating companies and workers Europe. Legislative acts in the EU can be tricky to understand at times. For information regarding proposals, directives and regulations regarding immigration to the European union, check out our webinars regarding European immigration to gain a complete and clear understanding on these matters.

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Topics: Swedish Immigration