The “blue card” scheme that allows foreign workers to live in an EU country as long as they meet certain employment criteria is to be extended.
Relatively few blue cards have been permitted, with the majority of countries choosing to stick to their own foreign employment policies, but the move represents hope for British workers currently based abroad who were fearing for their job security.
The criteria for a blue card is that someone must have non-EU citizenship, be educated or skilled and have a work contract or binding offer.
The EU blue card scheme for foreign workers is to be extended
It is expected some EU countries will enforce a salary threshold ranging from £17K to £46K a year
Migration Watch, which produced its latest report on EU blue cards, thinks the five EU countries which employ the most British workers – Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium – will enforce a salary threshold ranging from £17,000 to £46,000-a-year.
The EU is in the process of expanding their scheme and easing the conditions
Alanna Thomas – Executive director of Migration Watch
It is thought the EU might reduce the minimum months of employment from 12 to six, and allow foreign nationals to move to another EU country within 12 months as opposed to 18.
Alanna Thomas, executive director of Migration Watch, said: “British citizens hoping to work in the EU post-Brexit need not be concerned about getting a work permit.
“The EU is in the process of expanding their scheme and easing the conditions.”
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The EU is confident it can attract the best British talent.
A statement on the blue card website reads: “The EU Blue Card Scheme is designed to make Europe a more attractive destination for professionals from outside the European Union.
“All EU member states, except the United Kingdom, Denmark and Ireland, participate in the EU Blue Card scheme.
“Highly qualified persons have opted in the past for destinations such as the United States, Canada or Australia.
“The European initiative has a number of distinctive qualities that will help Europe become the world's most favourite migration destination.”