Friday, February 17, 2012

Romania Introduces EU Blue Card

Sibiu - Romania's Orthodox Cathedral
Sibiu - Romania's Orthodox Cathedral
Photo by Camil Ghircoias
For those of you interested in the European Blue Card, I've been keeping track of them for you.

You'll be happy to know that Romania has introduced the Blue Card. The qualifications are:
  • The non-EU national must have a post-secondary educational qualification.
  • Be offered an annual salary that is at least four times the average gross annual salary for a similar position (yikes!).
  • For regulated professions, they candidate must possess the relevant educational qualifications or work experience.
Currently there is no list of regulated professions available. However, the typical "no EU national must be available for the position" is not required!

So this looks fantastic, except for that "four times the salary" bit. If they're only implementing it because it's legally required, it's a nice way to ensure that it won't have any impact.

You can read about Romania at Wikipedia.


  1. That's very interesting news. I'm a bit surprised by the salary requirements - France has said 1.5 times the reference salary which is about 50K Euros. Do you know why Romania did this?

    1. I have no idea why they did this because the only information I could find was linking back to the article above. My speculation is either that Romanian salaries are extremely low to begin with and Romania's trying to enforce a market rate or it's a deliberate attempt to comply with the Blue Card directive without having to worry about having Blue Card immigrants.

  2. 4 times! Wow. I hope I'm able to get citizenship so I don't have to jump through all those hoops.