Skip to main content
European Commission logo
EU Immigration Portal

Am I eligible to apply for a Blue Card?

To apply for a “passport talent” with the mention “EU Blue Card”, the applicant must:

  • have a valid work contract or binding job offer for highly qualified employment with a duration of at least 1 year;
  • meet the minimum salary threshold in the Member State concerned (see below);
  • for regulated professions: present documents proving that the national legal requirements are met;
  • for unregulated professions: present documents proving that the relevant higher professional qualifications are met (for more information about higher professional qualifications, see the FAQ section);
  • present a valid travel document, an application for a visa or a visa (if necessary), and a valid residence permit or a national long-term visa (if appropriate);
  • present a proof of sickness insurance (or a proof of having applied for it).

In addition, the applicant must not pose a threat to public policy in the view of the Member State. S/he may also be required to provide his/her address in that Member State.

How much do I have to earn to qualify for a Blue Card?

The gross annual salary resulting from the monthly or annual salary specified in the work contract or binding job offer must be equal to or higher than the relevant salary threshold defined by the Member State (at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary in the Member State concerned)

Since January 2017, France set the minimum annual gross salary threshold at 53,836.50 EUR.

Are there exceptions to the minimum salary requirement?


Will EU citizens' applications be prioritised over mine?

Some Member States apply a Labour Market Test (LMT). This is a mechanism that aims to ensure that migrant workers are only admitted after employers have unsuccessfully searched for national workers, EU citizens (in EU Member states this also means EEA workers) or legally residing third-country nationals with access to the labour market according to national legislation (for more information see the FAQ section).

France doesn't apply a labour market test.

How long will my EU Blue Card be valid?

The maximum period of validity in France is: four years.

Specific rules: In France, the EU Blue Card is issued for a maximum period of four years and is renewable. If the employment contract is longer than one year but shorter than four years, the EU Blue Card shall be issued for the duration of the contract.

How much will it cost?

Initial Blue Card fee: 269 EUR.

Renewal: 269 EUR. Replacement 269 EUR.

Fee for express issuance: N/A.

How long will it take to get my Blue Card?

National law foresees that the maximum processing time for issuing a Blue Card in France is 90 days.

French Ministry of Labour, Employment, Vocational training and social dialogue 

More information on migrating to France


Number of Blue Cards issued in 2018


Fee (EUR):


Salary threshold (EUR):


Validity period:


Apply link: