Wednesday, October 5, 2011

France Introduces EU Blue Card

Very happy to see that France is introducing their Blue Card as it's something that people are probably a bit more interested in than the Slovakian Blue Card (sorry Maria!) or the Czech Blue Card. Those countries may be wonderful, but people tend to want to move to "popular" countries.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Walking by the Eiffel Tower
Photo by Neil Willsey
France's requirements for the Blue Card are very low!
  • No labor market test
  • A three-year degree or five years experience
  • A minimum one-year job contract
  • 1.5 times the minimum salary (not yet set)

Your dependent family members will get work and residence permits and you can get long-term EU residence permits after living in Europe for five years, of which the last two must be in France.

Like other Blue Cards, it doesn't make it any easier for you to get a job in France, but it makes it easier to stay.

Background on the European Blue Card, for those who don't know.


  1. No need to apologize :)

  2. I'm learning French and travelling there in two years.


  3. Speaking of learning French, are there no language requirements for the blue card itself? Or are they relying on individual job requirements to filter out non-speakers?

  4. Hi Chad. The exact implementation details are up to the individual countries, but the card is generally just to make the EEA more attractive to skilled workers. It allows you to live and work anywhere in the EU (except the exempt countries), but it does not impose a language requirement directly (you may have an indirect requirement due to the country you're looking at moving to).

    See my Blue Card post for the background.

  5. Has anyone had any experience or knowledge of someone who has tried to use the French Blue Card yet?