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'Blue Cards' advance in parliament

QUALIFIED foreigners who are interested in working in Slovakia may soon be able to apply for an EU Blue Card as the Slovak parliament advanced a revision to the law on border controls and residence of foreigners to its second reading on September 8, the SITA newswire reported. The EU Blue Card would allow qualified foreigners to work and live in any EU country.

QUALIFIED foreigners who are interested in working in Slovakia may soon be able to apply for an EU Blue Card as the Slovak parliament advanced a revision to the law on border controls and residence of foreigners to its second reading on September 8, the SITA newswire reported. The EU Blue Card would allow qualified foreigners to work and live in any EU country.

The revised legislation prepared by Slovakia’s Interior Ministry will permit individuals with a university degree or more than five years of professional experience that is comparable to a university education to qualify for the admission card.

Applicants must also provide evidence of a job offer that guarantees a salary at least 1.5 times the average monthly salary in Slovakia in their particular economic sector. The legislation states that the card will cost €165.50 and will be issued for a three-year period.

Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic said the legislation should also make the lives of Slovaks living abroad easier as well facilitate the reuniting of families. It should also make illegal migration, human trafficking and illegal work in Slovakia much more difficult. The legislation mandates that employers which illegally employ foreigners will be required to pay the costs of their deportation from Slovakia.


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