Implementation of Directive (EU) 2021/1883 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals intending to carry out highly skilled work (EU Blue card)

The Council of Ministers, has approved, in a preliminary examination, a legislative decree to implement Directive (EU) 2021/1883 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals intending to carry out highly skilled work (EU Blue card).

The scope of the directive is to create a more attractive system for third country nationals highly skilled workers by broadening the range of situations or categories to which the directive applies and introducing faster procedures and more flexible and inclusive admission criteria to facilitate easier mobility within the European Union.

Key changes introduced by the directive

  • The possibility of issuing the EU Blue Card to seasonal workers who meet the requirements for highly skilled work, allowing them to be considered outside the maximum quotas for foreigners admitted for subordinate work in the country.
  • Facilitating the entry of managers and specialists in information and communication technology services.
  • Promoting innovative entrepreneurship, enabling foreign citizens with the EU Blue Card to engage in self-employment activities alongside their subordinate work.
  • More favourable conditions for family reunification and access to the labour market for the family members of the EU Blue Card applicant.

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