Balkans | Facilitate the arrival of highly qualified specialists from outside the European Union to Bulgaria

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Balkans |  Facilitate the arrival of highly qualified specialists from outside the European Union to Bulgaria

The Bulgarian People’s Assembly has facilitated access to the labor market in Bulgaria for highly skilled workers who are citizens of countries outside the European Union.

This was made possible by the adoption and promulgation of the Labor Migration and Labor Mobility Amendment Law, introduced by the Democratic Federation of the Bulgarian Alliance with regard to EU Blue Card holders.

In order to obtain the Blue Card, the third country worker will now need higher professional qualifications: higher education or an official document proving knowledge, skills and professional competence (professional experience).

The ruling remains that the gross monthly salary of the employee specified in the employment contract must be at least 1.5 times the average salary in Bulgaria.

The deputies shortened the term of the employment contract, which was 12 months as before, to no less than 6 months. An EU Blue Card holder working in highly skilled jobs can only carry out activities that fulfill the conditions for which the card was issued during the first 12 months on Bulgarian territory. So far this period has been two years.

The Coalition for the Democratic Union of Bulgarians states that legislative changes support local businesses in the rationale for the bill. During the discussions at the General Assembly of the Association, MP Nadezhda Yordanova from the Alliance emphasized that companies need more than 11,000 specialists.

The rationale for the proposal included the following statements: “Implementation of a more attractive and effective program for attracting professionally highly qualified personnel from third countries will help fill the shortage of highly qualified personnel in a number of sectors of the economy and position Bulgaria in a competitive business environment.”

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