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European Blue Card

If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU and have received an offer of a highly qualified job, you can apply for an EU Blue Card. You must have a university education equivalent to 180 university credits, or five years’ professional experience and a salary equal to at least one and a half times the average gross salary in Sweden.

An EU Blue Card issued in Sweden entitles you to live and work in Sweden. When you have had an EU Blue Card in Sweden or other countries within the EU for five years, you can apply for permanent resident status in the country where you are living, provided that you have lived in that country for the last two years. Permanent resident status means that you have certain rights that an EU citizen has and that you are better placed to work, study or start your own company in another EU country.

In order to obtain an EU Blue Card, you must have

  • a valid passport
  • a university education equivalent to 180 university credits, or five years’ relevant professional experience
  • taken out or applied for a comprehensive health insurance
  • an employment contract or offer of highly qualified employment lasting at least one year
  • no less than one and a half times the average gross salary in Sweden, before taxes.

Your employer must

  • advertise the position in Sweden and within EU/EES and Switzerland for at least ten days
  • complete an offer of employment and give the trade union concerned the opportunity to state its opinion about the terms of employment
  • offer terms of employment that are at least on the same level as Swedish collective agreements or that which is customary in your occupation or industry.

For more information: Migrationsverkret

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