The Blue Card is an approved EU-wide work permit allowing high-skilled non-EU citizens to work and live in any country within the European Union.
The employment contract can only be signed with those candidates who have obtained the Blue Card, but the employer and 3rd country employees must enter into a preliminary agreement – valid up to four years – to carry out a job which requiring higher qualifications. The agreement is a binding work offer.
In case the EU Blue Card is issued for the 3rd country citizen, the employment contract must comply with the terms and conditions set out in the preliminary agreement, apart from the remuneration, which can only be changed for the benefit of the 3rd country citizen. The agreement of the parties different from the original agreement is invalid.
The Blue Card is issued and renewed by the Hungarian Immigration Office, the Labour Centre acts as a specialized authority only.
The Labour Centre issues an opinion on requests whether it supports the employment of the 3rd country citizen in Hungary according to the preliminary agreement to carry out a job which requiring higher qualifications.
The Blue Card is an option beside the work permit for the employment of 3rd country citizen who can benefit from it due to their high qualifications and opportunities.
The employer is obligated to pay the amount of 33.5% of salaries on contribution and the amount of 1.950HUF (about 8 euros) per month per employee, as an additional amount for health insurance.