Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Official European Blue Card Information

Kalypso Nikolaidis - EU
Photo by openDemocracy
Sigh. So I promised that regular postings would continue this week, but I didn't expect our child minder to become gravely ill, nor our car to break down, leading this week to be unexpectedly complex. C'est la vie.

While I'm doing my consulting gig and keeping up this blog, I also research the European Blue Card. Meanwhile, my wife is also working on our company and to better assist clients with recruiting opportunities, she turned to the EU's official Web site and read their information about Blue Cards. It turns out that they have a country-by-country breakdown of Blue Card laws, but it's woefully inadequate. My wife was rather frustrated by this, so she contacted them and this is part of their response:
Thank you for your message. As you correctly point out each Member State has its own legislation and is also responsible for the content on the EU Immigration Portal regarding their legislation. Many Member States have only recently adopted legislation on the Blue Card and started delivering them; therefore they have not provided us with updates yet on their new legislation.

We at the EU Immigration Portal team understand that it can be frustrating for users not to have all the information available. We are currently following up with the Member States to send us their updated information as soon as possible, after which we will upload it to the Portal. This should happen in the next couple of weeks.
Personally, I'm a bit skeptical and very much in the "I'll believe it when I see it" camp, but for now, it's nice to know that this information eventually will have a centralized spot. In the meantime, I'll keep updating you.