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Blue cards proposed again

QUALIFIED workers from outside the EU who wish to live and work in Slovakia will be able to request a European Union work permit, a so-called blue card. The proposal to award blue cards is part of a proposed legal amendment on border controls and foreigners drafted by the Interior Ministry and agreed by the cabinet on August 10, the SITA newswire reported.

QUALIFIED workers from outside the EU who wish to live and work in Slovakia will be able to request a European Union work permit, a so-called blue card. The proposal to award blue cards is part of a proposed legal amendment on border controls and foreigners drafted by the Interior Ministry and agreed by the cabinet on August 10, the SITA newswire reported.

Only qualified migrants will be entitled to receive a blue card. The draft defines them as people who have a university education or who can demonstrate at least five years of experience comparable to a university education. Only those with an income of at least 1.5-times the average wage in their respective area of employment will be eligible.

The application fee will be €165.50 and cards will be valid for three years.

Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic said he believes the draft law, if passed, should make life easier for Slovaks living abroad, and make reunions of families easier. On the other hand, Lipšic said, it will introduce a stricter regime for illegal migrants, for human traffickers and for illegal work, SITA wrote.

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