I am an EU blue card holder living in Germany for about 4 years. Recently I got a job offer in Spain as Java Developer, which I intend to take. But the company and I are oblivious to the visa process. I went ahead and did the interview, hoping that my EU blue card would allow me to acquire the necessary permit to work in Spain easily.

But I fail to find any decent information on this. I found a leaflet (pdf) dated 2011 with information. But I'm afraid most of it could be outdated. Does anyone have any sort of knowledge or experience with moving to different countries with an EU blue card?

Any kind of information would be very helpful.

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It has been three years, and I have finally managed to get my residence permit in Spain. However EU blue card was of no use. EU blue card in Spain is very much unknown.

I had to get EU permanent residency in Germany and, after a while, I applied for permanent residency in Spain and have managed to get it. Similar to the EU blue card, EU permanent residency does not allow one to work in any other country than the one which issued it. It just allows you stay for a longer period in another EU country before returning to the origin country.

  • Thanks for updating us.
    – ouflak
    Aug 17, 2021 at 11:21
  • (+1) The permanent residency is also supposed to offer some protection in case you become unable to work as your right to stay is not tied to your employment anymore. I don't know anybody who made use of that so I don't know how it works in practice.
    – Relaxed
    Aug 17, 2021 at 12:03
  • just a note, there is two types: permanent residence, and EU permanent residence. If its filed under EU law, then it is possible to move to another EU country and apply to work/live there.
    – Asher
    Oct 30, 2022 at 8:47
  • @Asher I did have EU permanent residence, but still it does not allow you work in other EU countries. It makes the process little easier, to get Permanent residence in other country, but it does not entitle you to live/work in another country,
    – bharathp
    Nov 1, 2022 at 12:31

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