EU Blue Card

EU Blue card is a residence permit in Hungary, entitling its highly qualified holder to reside and work in highly qualified employment in the territory of a Member State under the terms set out the relevant legislation. The validity period of an EU Blue Card shall be four years maximum, and it may be extended by four additional years at a time.

EU Blue Card holders has the right of entry without a visa and the right of residence in the territory of Schengen Member States not exceeding ninety days within a one hundred and eighty day period.

EU Blue Card is valid for up to four (4) years and is processed within 90 days, in frames of a Single Application Procedure. One must have worked in Hungary for 18 months already on an advanced skills work permit.  Please note that, for a period of two years after the date of issue, the holder of an EU Blue Card shall be allowed to work  only in the employment relationship for which it was issued, or  only in an employment relationship authorised in connection with domestic employment policy considerations, for the purpose of highly qualified employment.

EU Blue Card

The fee charged for the procedure for issuing an EU Blue Card is EUR 60 if submitted abroad, or HUF 18,000 if submitted in Hungary. The fee charged for the extension of an EU Blue Card is HUF 10,000, payable by the applicant in the form of revenue stamp. In case of refusal, the decision may be appealed within 8 days of delivery, submitted with the authority of the first instance, or at the Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission where the application was submitted.

How to apply for EU Blue Card?

EU Blue Card entitles its owner, who has an advanced skills work permit, to reside in the territory of any of the EU Member States (Hungary included).

To apply for a Blue Card, the applicant must:

  • have a valid work contract or binding job offer for highly qualified employment with a duration of at least 1 year;
  • meet the minimum salary threshold in the Member State concerned (see below);
  • for regulated professions: present documents proving that the national legal requirements are met;
  • for unregulated professions: present documents proving that the relevant higher professional qualifications are met (for more information about higher professional qualifications, see the FAQ section);
  • present a valid travel document, an application for a visa or a visa (if necessary), and a valid residence permit or a national long-term visa (if appropriate);
  • present a proof of sickness insurance (or a proof of having applied for it).

An EU Blue Card may be given to a third-country national if he/she:

  • has a valid travel document;
  • able to verify the purpose of his/her entry and stay;
  • not subject to expulsion or exclusion, and is not considered to be a threat to public security or public health, or to the national security of Hungary;
  • · a SIS alert has not been issued for the purposes of refusing his/her entry and residence; and
  • not subject to any grounds for exclusion provided for by law;
  •  employment is justified in line with specific guidelines laid down by the relevant legislation, or on grounds of domestic employment policy considerations;
  • has full healthcare insurance or applied for coverage for healthcare services with respect to all periods when his/her contract for employment relationship carries no insurance; and
  •  has notified the address of his/her accommodation in the territory of Hungary.

A third-country national holding a residence permit issued by any Member State of the European Union for the purpose of highly qualified employment shall be issued a EU Blue Card:

  • after eighteen months of legal residence in the Member State having issued the EU Blue Card, and
  • if able to meet the above-specified requirements for receiving an EU Blue Card.
  • must not pose a threat to public policy in the view of the Member State. S/he may also be required to provide his/her address in that Member State.

An EU Blue Card may not be issued to:

  • any third-country national who has applied for refugee status to the refugee authority, or who requested any subsidiary form of protection or temporary protection from the refugee authority;
  • any person who has been granted any subsidiary form of protection or temporary protection in Hungary;
  • any person who has been granted temporary protection;
  • any third-country national holding a residence permit for the purpose of carrying out research;
  • any person authorised under specific other legislation to exercise the right of free movement and residence;
  • any third-country national holding an EC permanent residence permit certifying long-term residence status granted by any Member State of the European Union;
  • any third-country national who enter the territory of Hungary under commitments contained in an international agreement facilitating the entry and temporary stay of certain categories of trade and investment-related natural persons;
  • any third-country national who is residing in the territory of Hungary with a residence permit issued for the purpose of seasonal employment, or who has been admitted to any Member State of the European Union as a seasonal worker;
  • any third-country national covered by Directive 96/71/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 1996 concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services, as long as he/she is posted on the territory of Hungary.

How much do I have to earn to qualify for a Blue Card?

The gross annual salary resulting from the monthly or annual salary specified in the work contract or binding job offer must be equal to or higher than the relevant salary threshold defined by the Member State (at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary in the Member State concerned).

For 2016, Hungary set the minimum salary threshold at: 4 158 000 HUF (13 716 EUR).

Are there exceptions to the minimum salary requirement?

For professions in sectors where there are many unfilled vacancies, Member States may set a lower minimum salary threshold.

For 2015, Hungary set the lower minimum salary threshold at: 3 326 400 HUF (10 956 EUR).

The following professions are on the 2014 shortage list for Hungary: General Doctor; Specialist Doctor; Pharmacist; Specialist Pharmacist; Optometrist; Dietician and Nutritionist; Physiotherapist; Heath Visitor; Ambulance Officer; Nurse (relating to persons with tertiary education); Obstetrician (relating to persons with tertiary education).

Will EU citizens’ applications be prioritised over mine?

Some Member States apply a Labour Market Test (LMT). This is a mechanism that aims to ensure that migrant workers are only admitted after employers have unsuccessfully searched for national workers, EU citizens (in EU Member states this also means EEA workers) or legally residing third-country nationals with access to the labour market according to national legislation (for more information see the FAQ section).

Hungary applies a labour market test.

How long will my EU Blue Card be valid?

The standard period of validity in Hungary is: Four years.

Specific rules: In Hungary, the EU Blue Card is issued for a period of at least one year and up to four years. If the employment contract is of shorter duration, the EU Blue Card shall be issued for the duration of the contract plus three months. The EU Blue Card may be renewed for four years at a time.

 What documents are required for EU blue card?

Documents to be enclosed to the application form:
document certifying the purpose of residence
• preliminary agreement of employment requiring high-level qualification(s) concluded between Employer and Third Country National for a fixed term of maximum four years
• notarized copy and translation of documents certifying Third Country National’s qualifications, education, knowledge of language, professional experience and other relevant skills necessary to fill the position
● documents justifying the applicability of the marked preferential cases
▪ filled out address/ accommodation registration form signed by the property owner or the holder of property rights
▪ document certifying financial background
• previous year’s income certificate issued by taxing authority (NAV)
• income certificate issued by employer, or preliminary agreement, or employment contract
• other relevant document (e.g. bank account statement, balance statement)
▪ document certifying full health insurance

How long will it take to get my Blue Card?

National law foresees that the maximum processing time for issuing a Blue Card in Hungary is 90 days.