The Swedish government has announced that it plans to simplify its rules for obtaining an EU Blue Card.

Authorities said that beginning in November they will allow:

  • Highly skilled foreign nationals who have been offered employment in Sweden for more than six months to apply for an EU Blue Card.
  • Individuals to convert other types of residence permits in Sweden to an EU Blue Card without having to leave the country.
  • Highly skilled foreign nationals who hold an EU Blue Card by another EU member state to live and work in Sweden for 90 days within a 180-day period.
  • Foreign nationals who have an EU Blue Card issued by another EU country for at least 12 months to apply for the authorization in Sweden through a simplified procedure.

Additional Information: Swedish authorities plan to implement the EU Blue Card changes on Nov. 18, 2023. More information is available here.

BAL Analysis: Swedish authorities plan to simplify the rules for obtaining an EU Blue Card to attract highly skilled foreign nationals to live and work in the country.

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