New Blue Card rule – More min. salary for foreigners in the EU

Higher minimum salaries for new Blue Card applicants

The EU Member States that have implemented the Blue Card directive have revised and published the new minimum salaries EU employers have to pay third-country citizens they hire. The minimum salaries have been increased yet again. The new minimum salaries were made applicable from January 1, 2021.

The rule applied to new Blue Card applicants

The minimum salary requirements for first-time applications and renewals are as follows:

  • Occupations with shortage: minimum annual salary raised from €43,056 to €44,304
  • Occupations without shortage: minimum annual salary raised from €55,200 to €56,800

The new minimum salary isn’t applicable to those who got their EU Blue Card or renewed it before January 1, 2021. This means that the applications for Blue Card or its renewal must have been filed after January 1, 2021 to have the new salary applied. It’s also applicable to those applications filed before the end of 2020 but is still pending with a contract that begins tenure on or after January 1, 2021.

The increase in minimum monthly salary in the Netherlands is from €5,403 to €5,567.

Anyone from a third country wishing to obtain the Blue Card must first prove that they possess higher professional qualifications. This will include a recognized university degree and a contract for employment or a job offer with a salary that stands above the average salary in the EU Member State he/she is submitting the application in.

For highly-skilled third-country nationals willing to work overseas, this will be a step that will attract them to EU.

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