Permit for highly-qualified workers
To apply for a Blue Card, the applicant must:
In addition, the applicant must not pose a threat to public policy in the view of the Member State. He/she may also be required to provide his/her address in that Member State.
The gross annual salary resulting from the monthly or annual salary specified in the work contract or binding job offer must be equal to or higher than the relevant salary threshold defined by the Member State (at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary for this profession in Spain).
For 2020, Spain set the minimum salary threshold at: 33908 €
Are there exceptions to the minimum salary requirement?
Yes. The salary threshold defined will be 1.2 times the average gross annual salary in Spain it there is a lack for the profession.
Some Member States apply a Labour Market Test (LMT). This is a mechanism that aims to ensure that migrant workers are only admitted after employers have unsuccessfully searched for national workers, EU citizens (in EU Member states this also means EEA workers) or legally residing third-country nationals with access to the labour market according to national legislation (for more information see the FAQ section).
Spain applies a labour market test.
The standard period of validity in Spain is: One year.
Specific rules: In Spain, the EU Blue Card is issued for a period of one year. The EU Blue Card can be renewed biannually, unless the applicant is compliant with the initial requirements for granting a long-term residence permit.
Initial Blue Card fee: 418 EUR.
Renewal: 112 EUR. Replacement: 112 EUR.
Fee for express issuance: N/A.
National law foresees that the maximum processing time for issuing a Blue Card in Spain is 45 days.
Number of Blue Cards issued in 2019:
Salary threshold (EUR):