The Dutch authorities have said that the country wants to revise its EU Blue Card directive and introduce some new rules to align its policy with Blue Card policies in other EU member countries.
According to the official information and services website of the Netherlands, the country plans to regulate the conditions of entry and residence for more than three months for highly skilled third-country nationals.
Moreover, the Netherlands wants also to regulate the same conditions for family members of those who get granted a Blue Card to work and reside in the country, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“The revised Directive regulates the conditions of entry and residence for more than three months of third-country nationals, with a view to a highly qualified job (skilled migrants) and of their family members,” the statement of the Dutch authorities reads.
In addition, it has been stressed that the authorities also want to make changes to create more unity between the member states of the EU. The Netherlands wants faster and more flexible procedures for those applying for the card.
It also seeks to relax the admission criteria by modifying work experience and qualification requirements in order to make the country more attractive for highly skilled migrants.
“The revised Directive aims to create more unity between European member states and creates faster procedures, more flexible and inclusive admission criteria and more extensive rights. This should make the Netherlands and Europe more attractive to highly skilled migrants,” the Dutch authorities stressed.
The EU Blue Card is a work permit that gets granted to highly skilled non-EU nationals who want to work in one of the member states.
The EU Blue Card is issued by all 26 countries and all applicants must meet certain academic and employment requirements to be granted the document.
In order to be eligible for an EU Blue Card, third-country nationals must show proof of having higher education qualifications and a minimum of five years of experience in their field of work. Moreover, applicants must also have a work contract or an offer for a highly skilled job.
In addition to the above-mentioned, highly skilled workers wishing to obtain an EU Blue Card must have a gross salary at least 1.5 times the national average of the EU country they will work in and health insurance.
The minimum salary threshold for an EU Blue card changes depending on the country. The Netherlands has a minimum salary threshold of €5,272 per month. The fees for an EU Blue Card vary depending on the country too, and the Netherlands’ EU Blue Card fee is €285.