About the EU Blue Card & The European Union
In 2009 the European Council made immigration into the EU easy by unifying it under a single system, known as the Blue Card. This directive is aimed at highly skilled workers from third-countries who are required to fill in employment gaps within the EU.
As a special residence and work permit, the EU Blue Card allows the bearer to work and live within the EU with a special set of rights, and while the agreement is binding during the first two year period, once it has passed, the holder of the Blue Card can search for other employment within the EU and move freely among member nations without having to apply for different visas or immigration documents each time.
The EU Blue Card also ensures that the bearer will be granted the same rights of the nationals of the member states in regards to employment matters, wages, education, training, and even pensions, making it one of the most viable options for those who are highly skilled and looking for new and more profitable horizons.
The origins of what we know today as the European Union can be traced back to the 1950s, when the Treaty of Paris gave way to what would officially become the European Union in 1993. As of today, the EU has 28 member states, in which 24 different languages are spoken and who have adopted the Euro as their main form of currency to maintain financial exchanges equal across the different nations.
While not all members of the EU joined at the same time, each is granted the same rights as the others, so as to maintain interest in remaining part of what is seen as a successful political and social alliance. As a single unit formed by several different nations, the European Union, in a similar manner to any legally established nation has an anthem (Ode to Joy) and a head of state, who is charged with representing all of the members at certain points in time.
While not all European countries have joined the Union, the large majority have, making it known that it is in the best interest of their citizens to have freedom of movement within the territory covered by neighboring states, while at the same time enjoying the same privileges all residents of the Union have been granted.
Today, the European Union offers a large number of employment opportunities for those skilled workers who have the necessary knowledge to fill the gaps in which the different members may be lacking, helping the economy of the Union while partaking in the ability to become a long term resident. It is with this in mind that the nations that form part of the EU have homologated their immigration requirements so they are equal between nations, regardless of which ones they may be. Below, you will find a list of the members of the EU, and the year in which each one joined the Union.