By Deirdre Tynan • 07 October 2021 • 14:22
European Union agrees to further expansion
The EU has adopted new rules for the entry and residence of highly skilled workers from outside the bloc, following the positive vote by MEPs on September 15.
Under the revised Blue Card Directive, highly skilled workers will be able to move more easily between EU Member States and will have more flexibility to change their position or employer in the EU. Requirements for salary, duration of employment and skills and qualifications recognition will be simplified and new rules will make it easier for family members of EU Blue Card holders to come to the EU.
Highly skilled beneficiaries of international protection will now be eligible to apply for an EU Blue Card. As one of the key objectives of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the new scheme will attract new skills and talent the EU needs and by providing a legal pathway for workers to the EU, it will also help to address irregular migration. More information on the new rules is available here.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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