Global Migration Digest

November 2013 (Vol. 2, No. 1)

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Global Migration Digest Vol. 2 Issue 1 American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.org INTERVIEW OF THE MONTH u WATCH: Karina Elizabeth Gonzalez Ramirez, a client of an AILA member, discusses her experience with the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver process. To see past interviews and other great videos, check out AILA's YouTube page. YOUR GLOBAL MIGRATION SECTION RESOURCES: Webpage Tools & Resources Message Center Newsletter Archive Section Listserve 2013 Forum Recording Europe: Implementing the Blue Card Directive by Marco Mazzeschi I n May 2009, the European Council passed the Directive 2009/50 which established the use of the European Blue Card. This provision aims to ease entry in Europe for extra-European highly skilled, non-EU citizen workers. As such, the Blue Card is meant to increase the EU's economic competitiveness. The success of the Blue Card does not seem neat. In countries such as Italy, France and Spain, the Directive has been welcomed and the Blue Card permits appear to be widely used. However, it appears that the Directive has not found fertile ground in countries like Germany, Belgium and Holland. Pre-requisites for Blue Card Permits Under the Directive, conditions to obtain a Blue Card permit are (i) a work contract or binding job offer with a salary of at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary paid in the Member State (ii) for regulated professions, documents establishing that the worker meets the legal requirements of the country; (iii) for unregulated professions, documents establishing the relevant higher professional qualifications. Higher professional qualifications can be demonstrated by a "higher education" qualification (i.e. diploma attesting the completion of a post-secondary higher education program of at least three years) or by a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience of a level comparable to higher education qualifications. Rights and Residence in Other Member States With this card, third-country nationals and their families can: (i) enter, re-enter and stay in the issuing Member State and pass through other EU Member States (ii) work in the sector concerned (iii) enjoy equal treatment as CONTINUED on pg.2 >> u ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS: Same-Sex Marriage in the UK 2 Corporate Relocation 4 Mexico Backlog 5 www.aila.org 1

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