EU Blue Card

The Blue Card is an authorisation of temporary residence and work that may be requested by a foreign worker residing outside of Spain in order to carry out a labour activity. Higher education qualifications or, exceptionally, at least five years of comparable professional experience are required.
The greatest advantage to having this type of residence and work permit is that it allows the worker to move freely within the European Union and the European Economic Area.
Highly qualified workers may apply for this type of residence permit under the following circumstances:
A 1-year minimum contract must be submitted that stipulates a salary of at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary in the profession being carried out. However, the salary may be 1.2 times the average gross annual salary if the profession is one of particular need or if it pertains to groups 1 and 2 of the International Standard Classification of Occupations:

MAJOR GROUP 1: CHIEF EXECUTIVES, SENIOR OFFICIALS, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND CORPORATE MANAGERS

11 CHIEF EXECUTIVES, SENIOR OFFICIALS, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MANAGERS

111 LEGISLATORS
112 SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
113 TRADITIONAL CHIEFS AND HEADS OF VILLAGES
114 MANAGERS AND SENIOR OFFICIALS OF SPECIAL-INTEREST ORGANISATIONS

12 CORPORATE MANAGERS

121 MANAGING DIRECTORS AND CHIEF EXECUTIVES
122 PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT MANAGERS
123 OTHER DEPARTMENT MANAGERS

13 MANAGERS OF SMALL ENTERPRISES

131 MANAGERS OF SMALL ENTERPRISES

MAJOR GROUP 2: SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS AND INTELLECTUALS

21 PHYSICAL, CHEMICAL, MATHEMATICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS

211 PHYSICISTS, CHEMISTS AND RELATED PROFESSIONALS
212 MATHEMATICIANS, STATISTICIANS AND RELATED PROFESSIONALS
213 COMPUTING PROFESSIONALS
214 ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS AND RELATED PROFESSIONALS
22 LIFE SCIENCE AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
221 LIFE SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS AND OTHER DISCIPLINE RELATED PROFESSIONALS
222 DOCTORS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (EXCEPT NURSING AND MIDWIFERY PROFESSIONALS)
223 NURSING AND MIDWIFERY PROFESSIONALS

23 TEACHING PROFESSIONALS

231 COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY AND HIGHER EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS
232 SECONDARY EDUCATION TEACHING PROFESSIONALS
233 PRE-SCHOOL AND PRIMARY EDUCATION TEACHING PROFESSIONALS
234 SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHING PROFESSIONALS
235 OTHER TEACHING PROFESSIONALS

24 OTHER SCIENTIFIC PROFESSIONALS AND INTELLECTUALS

241 BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS
242 LEGAL PROFESSIONALS
243 ARCHIVISTS, LIBRARIANS, DOCUMENTALISTS AND OTHER RELATED INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS
244 SOCIAL SCIENCE SPECIALISTS AND RELATED PROFESSIONALS
245 WRITERS AND CREATIVE OR PERFORMING ARTISTS
246 RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS

The advantage of this residence and work permit is that it will help facilitate the worker’s mobility within the European Union and the European Economic Area.

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