Highly skilled migrants


A Highly Skilled Migrant permit is a special type of residence permit for highly skilled workers, either employed by a Dutch company or assigned to work in the Netherlands through an intra-company transfer. The Dutch government chose a salary requirement as an objective criterion to measure the level of skill of the employee and to determine whether the employee qualifies as a Highly Skilled Migrant.

The income requirements have been revised as of 1 January, 2020 and are monthly minimums (exclusive 8% holiday allowance):
Highly skilled migrants from the age of 30: 4.612,- euros gross per month.
Highly skilled migrants younger than 30: 3.381,- euros gross per month.
Highly skilled migrants following an orientation year for highly educated persons, or without an orientation year permit within 3 years after graduating or work as a scientific researcher: € 2.423,- euros gross per month.
Blue Card: € 5.403,- per month.

If you qualify as a Highly Skilled Migrant, your employer can submit a fast-track residence permit application on your behalf that permits you to live and work in the Netherlands. Depending on your nationality, you may need a provisional residence permit (MVV) to enter the Netherlands and a residence permit to stay in the country for more than three months. As of 1 June, 2013, your employer (your sponsor) can apply for both permits in one application through the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV).

Under the Modern Migration Policy Act (MoMi) implemented on 1 June 2013, employers of highly skilled migrants must now be designated with the status “registered sponsor.” Employers must apply to receive this status. Once admitted to the Highly Skilled Migrant scheme, an employer can sponsor an unlimited number of employees.

Under MoMi, sponsors of Highly Skilled Migrants have new legal responsibilities. Failure to meet the legal obligations of MoMi may result in administrative penalties and could lead to a registered sponsor losing its status.

We are experts in the area of Highly Skilled Migrants and are specialized in assisting employers applying for residence permits for international knowledge migrants. We can also assist with family reunification applications, necessary registrations in the Netherlands, and ongoing compliance with MoMi regulations. If you are an employer and you have not been admitted successfully into the Highly Skilled Migrant Scheme under MoMi, we can assist you with your application to become a Registered Sponsor.


Please contact our immigration specialists at lawyers@devreede-law.nl.


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