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BLUE CARD

BLUE CARD

Upon striving to ensure attraction of highly qualified specialists from third countries to the EU labour market, the European Union institutions have developed the incentive mechanism, also referred to as the BLUE CARD. BLUE CARD is provided in accordance with provisions of the Council Directive 2009/50/EC on conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the territory of European Union. The said Card may be considered a work permit/a residence permit that provides citizens of third countries a right to live and work in the territory of the European Union. BLUE CARD is an alternative to a usual Work Permit; it ensures more rapid and easy way for accessing the labour market of Lithuania.

BLUE CARD may be issued to highly qualified specialists only. The person should have evidences of his (her) high qualification. Such evidences issued in a foreign state shall be recognized in Lithuania. If a person applies for BLUE CARD, the agreed salary to be paid to the person by the Lithuanian enterprise should be no less than 2 or 3 average gross monthly salaries of employees of the sector of national economy according to the recent data published by Lithuanian Department of Statistics (the annual taxes on the salary of an alien in Lithuania shall form about 50 %).

The procedure of obtaining the BLUE CARD differs dependently on the size of the agreed salary to be paid to the alien by the Lithuanian enterprise. If the agreed salary to be paid to the person by the Lithuanian enterprise is no less than 2 average gross monthly salaries of employees of the sector of national economy according to the recent data published by Lithuanian Department of Statistics, first of all, an application to the Labour Exchange for issue a decision on conformity of the high professional qualification of the alien to the needs of the labour market of Lithuania. Prior to this, a vacancy at the Lithuanian enterprise that plans to engage the alien should be registered and a search for an employee in Lithuania should be carried out. If another likely candidate is not found, the alien may submit the documents for issue the above-mentioned decision to the Labour Exchange. The diploma of higher education issued to the alien in a foreign state should pass the procedure of recognition. When the said decision is obtained, the alien shall apply to competent institutions for issue a Residence Permit. BLUE CARD provides the alien a right to work and reside in Lithuania and any other European Union Member State. If the agreed salary to be paid to the person by the Lithuanian enterprise is no less than 3 average gross monthly salaries of employees of the sector of national economy according to the recent data published by Lithuanian Department of Statistics, the simplified procedures of issue the documents that provide the alien a right to work and reside in Lithuania are applied. The procedure related to the Labour Exchange is excluded, so the person applies directly to the Migration Department. The BLUE CARD issued to the alien provides him (her) a right to work and reside in Lithuania and any other European Union Member State.

Usually BLUE CARD remains in force in Lithuania for up to 3 years. If an employment contract is concluded with an alien for a period shorter than 3 years, BLUE CARD remains valid for 3 months after the expiry of the employment contract.

BLUE CARD provides a number of advantages to its bearer. One of the most important advantages provided by BLUE CARD is an opportunity to work and reside in Lithuania and any other European Union Member State. Family members of an alien may immigrate together with the alien; they are issued a Temporary Residence Permit in Lithuania valid for the period of validity of the BLUE CARD issued to the alien.

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