A “Blue Card” is a permit that allows highly qualified citizens of non-European Union countries to legally reside and work in 25 EU countries (for your reference 3 EU Countries- Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom do not participate in the EU Blue card program). The blue card is issued to skilled employees with a university degree or at least 5 years of professional experience.
To receive a “Blue card” you need to match the requirements set below:
- A Valid job in the country. The applicant should have a valid job in Lithuania.
- 1.5 times the average salary. The applicant must be paid a salary equal to a minimum of 1.5 times the average monthly salary. The average monthly salary in Lithuania is 1270€ before tax, so that means 1.5 times the average monthly salary is 1905€. For your information, the minimum salary in Lithuania is 607€.
You need to know the following as well:
- FastTrack Process. This process allows employees of 49 key professions faster and easier access to a BlueCard in Lithuania. Key professions found here.
- Validity. In practice, the applicants receive it for a term of 3 years. If the labor contract is for a shorter period, then a blue card may be issued for the duration of the contract plus 3 months.
- Travel with Family. Family members of a Blue Card holder are allowed to reside in Lithuania till the expiration of the Blue card.
The answer from the institutions about the approval of the Blue Card is given in 2 months. In some options, if you are one of the below mentioned 49 professions the answer is given even faster within 15days.
If you are an entrepreneur and plan to set up a company in Lithuania and hire yourself as a skilled employee, you can apply for the Blue Card. For your reference, if you consider bringing employees from India, there is no requirement for them to have a Blue Card, they can apply for a normal work permit to work in Lithuania. However, the work permit allows you to work only in Lithuania, but a Blue Card will allow you to work in any of the 25 EU countries.