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On the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly qualified employment
Article 7

Article 7 — EU Blue Card

  1. A third-country national who has applied and fulfils the requirements set out in Article 5 and for whom the competent authorities have taken a positive decision in accordance with Article 8 shall be issued with an EU Blue Card.

    The Member State concerned shall grant the third-country national every facility to obtain the requisite visas.

  2. Member States shall set a standard period of validity of the EU Blue Card, which shall be comprised between one and four years. If the work contract covers a period less than this period, the EU Blue Card shall be issued or renewed for the duration of the work contract plus three months.
  3. The EU Blue Card shall be issued by the competent authorities of the Member State using the uniform format as laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1030/2002. In accordance with point (a) 7,5-9 of the Annex to that Regulation, Member States shall indicate on the EU Blue Card the conditions for access to the labour market as set out in Article 12(1) of this Directive. Under the heading type of permit in the residence permit, Member States shall enter EU Blue Card.
  4. During the period of its validity, the EU Blue Card shall entitle its holder to:
    1. enter, re-enter and stay in the territory of the Member State issuing the EU Blue Card;
    2. the rights recognised in this Directive.