EU Blue Card: Sweden to Simplify Rules

EU Blue Card: Sweden to Simplify Rules

Are you a highly skilled worker looking to live and work in the European Union? Look no further than Sweden, where the application process for the EU Blue Card is about to get even simpler.

The Swedish government has stated that the country is planning to introduce changes to its EU Blue Card policy, making it easier for highly skilled foreigners to obtain the document.

An EU Blue Card is a residence and work permit for non-EU nationals that allows highly-qualified workers the right to live and work in an EU country. 

Sweden is among the 25 EU countries that issue an EU Blue Card. The Swedish Blue card is initially valid for a period of up to two years and can be renewed or extended

The new measures hope to attract highly skilled non-EU nationals to live and work in the country. The proposed new rules will come into force on 18 November 2023.

Sweden Blue Card Amendments

Swedish authorities said that in November they will allow the following:

* Highly skilled foreign nationals who have been offered employment in Sweden for more than six months to apply for an EU Blue Card.

* Individuals to convert other types of residence permits in Sweden to an EU Blue Card without having to leave the country.

The Swedish government also wants to give more flexibility when it comes to converting to an EU Blue Card from another type of work authorisation. Individuals who have an EU Blue Card issued by another EU country for at least 12 months can apply for another type of permit in Sweden through a simplified procedure.

Under the new rules, highly skilled foreign nationals who hold an EU Blue Card granted by another EU member state will be permitted to enter Sweden for the purpose of conducting business for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

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