- From: Mexico
- Working in: Germany
I am promoting the Blue Card to all my friends, telling them about my experiences.
Before coming to Europe, I was working in Mexico as an engineer. I have always dreamt about living abroad because I love learning about new cultures and new languages. I applied for a job opportunity in Germany and was selected along with 5 other trainees out of a candidate pool of 500. I think it was meant to be!
Now I´m really happy that I can work as an engineer here in Germany. What I like about Germany is that everything moves faster. I like the fact that if you work for the automotive industry, you can work on concepts for the future. I also like the German idea of work-life balance, life in Germany does not stop after work. I also love the weather and its changing seasons. In Cancun, where I grew up, it was always just warm, all year long!
I want to apply for a permanent residence because I would like to stay in Germany, given the quality of life. I chose the Blue Card also because of the easy transition to permanent residence it offers. In addition, I could easily arrange a residence and work permit for my husband as well. He likes Germany even more than me.
It was the human resources team at my employer who informed me about the Blue Card and helped me obtain it. Getting a job offer before applying for the Blue Card is probably the most difficult part of the process. At every opportunity I have I promote the Blue Card to all my friends.
- From: Russia
- Working in: France
I believe the EU Blue Card is a good solution for people who want to work and live in Europe. And don't forget, it also allows you to travel across the European Union!
Before moving to Paris I was working for a well-known advertising company in Moscow. Then, I received a job offer in Paris, a great opportunity to gain new experiences, work in an international environment, and expand my professional skills.
I enjoy living in a multicultural city like Paris, with its delicious food, good weather and the endless beauty of the city. I love to travel so I enjoy how connected everything is in France. I have only been living and working in Paris for five months and, for now, I intend to stay in France and pursue a career in my current company. This will also be easier for my young daughter. Even though she sometimes misses Russia, she likes France. She goes to a French school and already speaks French fluently. I am proud of her.
I believe the EU Blue Card is a good solution for people who want to work and live in Europe. I was lucky to receive invaluable support from the legal department of my current company, which helped me submit all the necessary documents. The application procedure is relatively short - for me it took 3 months - and I was granted a residence permit that lasts for three years. And don’t forget, it also allows you to travel across the European Union!
- From: Vietnam
- Working in: Germany
What I appreciate the most about Germany and the Germans are the career prospects and work ethics.
I moved from the USA to Europe to pursue my career development internationally. I chose Germany because of its strong economy and professional work ethics. I also appreciate the direct manner of communication and sincerity in the German culture. I am currently working as a management trainee in a pharmaceutical company on a three-year international programme. It gives me the opportunity to experience different areas of strategic marketing and expand my network, not only within Germany but worldwide. I have travelled all over Europe.
My plan is to continue developing a long-term career in Europe. I also hope to bring my brother to Germany in the near future, as I think he would also find better employment opportunities here. I learned about the European Blue Card through my professional network. The human resources team of my current employer provided me with a lot of valuable advice and information. In addition, I myself researched the European Blue Card and found out that it could be of great benefit to me. Obtaining the Blue Card was quite challenging for me as I arrived in Germany during the Christmas period and most HR experts with knowledge of the Blue Card were unavailable. I had to go through the local procedure by myself with limited German proficiency, but I was fortunate that the German authorities did everything they could to assist me. This experience encouraged me to share my knowledge in a blog, in order to help those who may be in the same situation as me. I would definitely recommend the Blue Card to others who would like to move to the EU.
* Germany gives Blue Card holders access to national permanent residence status after 33 months or even after 21 months if the person has sufficient German language skills (level B1).
- From: USA
- Working in: Belgium
The best part of living in Belgium is its location in the heart of Europe... I also like Belgian food and beer very much.
I came to Belgium from the USA to further pursue my career in the pharmaceutical industry and to enrich it with an international experience. I am learning a lot in my new job and because my position in the company is new, I am free to develop my own role and expand my responsibilities.
I have found it easy to build a career in Belgium as Belgian people are very welcoming and you can manage well at work even if you are not a native Dutch or French speaker. The best part of living in Belgium is its location in the heart of Europe. I also like Belgian food and beer. I have a unique taste for condiments and sauces and in the Belgian supermarkets I can find many shelves of condiments and sauces.
I intend to stay in Belgium, at least in the short term, and develop my career in my current company. My career is very important to me and I am prepared to go where the job takes me.
The process for obtaining a Blue Card went very smoothly. It took 2 to 3 months. My employer helped me with the application and I just had to provide them with the relevant documents. My experience with the Belgian immigration authorities was very positive. I will renew my Blue Card, at least in the short term, and then maybe I will apply for permanent residence.
|Title||Fee||Validity period||Salary threshold||Blue Cards issued|
|Austria||120 EUR||24 months||58 434 EUR||128|
|Belgium||215 EUR||13 months||51 494 EUR||19|
|Bulgaria||55 EUR||48 months||10 326 EUR||21|
|Croatia||137 EUR||N/A months||19 338 EUR||7|
|Cyprus||0 EUR||n/a months||0 EUR||0|
|Czech Republic||92 EUR||24 months||11 408 EUR||104|
|Estonia||120 EUR||27 months||18 096 EUR||15|
|Finland||550 EUR||24 months||56 774 EUR||88|
|France||269 EUR||48 months||53 836 EUR||1523|
|Germany||110 EUR||48 months||53 600 EUR||26995|
|Greece||300 EUR||24 months||30 675 EUR||0|
|Hungary||60 EUR||N.A. months||16 700 EUR||19|
|Italy||100 EUR||24 months||24 789 EUR||301|
|Latvia||100 EUR||60 months||13 776 EUR||32|
|Lithuania||114 EUR||36 months||23 160 EUR||252|
|Luxembourg||80 EUR||24 months||71 946 EUR||262|
|Malta||255 EUR||12 months||16 036 EUR||2|
|Netherlands||285 EUR||48 months||5 272 EUR||118|
|Poland||111 EUR||24 months||15 446 EUR||46|
|Portugal||103 EUR||12 months||24 535 EUR||4|
|Romania||174 EUR||24 months||2 250 EUR||408|
|Slovakia||170 EUR||48 months||15 102 EUR||16|
|Slovenia||102 EUR||24 months||28 006 EUR||8|
|Spain||418 EUR||12 months||33 908 EUR||39|
|Sweden||175 EUR||24 months||53 200 EUR||31|