Cabinet approves more flexible framework for highly skilled third country workers
07:11 - 18 January 2024
The Cabinet has approved amendments to legislation defining the procedures for EU Blue Card and concerning the entry and residence conditions of highly skilled third-country nationals.
A statement from the Ministry of the Interior states that according to the proposal presented by the Minister Constantinos Ioannou, "the proposed changes are aimed at adopting a more flexible framework for the entry and residence of highly skilled workers from countries outside the EU."
In addition, more flexible rules are being introduced to attract highly skilled workers to the EU, including more flexible admission conditions, enhanced rights, and easier movement and work within the Union.
In addition, the new procedure cements the term "highly qualified" as being the possession of a higher education degree with a duration of at least three years.
Managers and professionals in the field of information and communication technologies may alternatively have at least three years of relevant professional experience within the seven years preceding the application for an EU Blue Card.
According to the announcement, the amendments are related to the talent attraction programme and are part of the broader effort to promote legal immigration in place of irregular immigration as a measure to manage immigration.
At the same time, the changes harmonise the national legislation with the European Parliament's relevant Directive.