To find a solution to every immigration query, that is our quest. Private individuals and companies alike, please be welcome to challenge us.

Direct contact

Call us You can reach us at
+31 (0)20 520 7050

Highly Skilled Migrants

The Dutch immigration policies allow companies to, quickly and in a straightforward manner, recruit highly skilled personnel from outside the European Union. In order to allow this there is a specific ruling for highly skilled labour. Within the EU this ruling is among the most favourable for allowing skilled labour in.

Recognized sponsor

The first step for a company to be able to employ highly skilled migrants is to become a recognised sponsor. The Dutch Immigration Service makes the assessment whether a company can be a trusted partner for the Immigration Service and be accepted as recognised sponsor. This takes approximately 5 weeks.

Read here all details regarding the application to become approved as sponsor.


  • The government fee to apply to be become a recognised sponsor is € 4,125.
  • For start-ups and companies employing less than 50 employees the government fee € 2,062. 

Once the company is approved to become a recognised sponsor, this is for indefinite period. Only once approved can the company file applications for highly skilled migrant visa and work permits.

Click here to find out which companies are already recognised sponsors.

Terms 2021

The terms regarding granting residence permits to highly skilled emUse our expertise to
get the required permits.
Fast and streamlined.
ployee are simple and straightforward.

  • Foreigners, 30 years of age or older, need to earn a gross monthly salary of € 4,752. (excluding 8% holiday pay), which comes down to an annual salary of at least € 57,024 (excluding 8% holiday allowance).
  • For foreigners younger than 30 years of age, the gross monthly salary threshold is € 3,484 (exclusive 8% holiday pay), which is annually € 41,808 (exclusive 8% holiday allowance).
  • For foreigners who have studied and graduated in the Netherlands following their studies, the threshold is € 2,497 gross per month (exclusive 8% holiday pay), on an annual basis that is € 29,964 (excluding 8% holiday allowance).


When applying for a residence permit, a labour contract indicating the salary needs to be included with the application.

The procedure itself is fairly quick. According to the policy of the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) a decision on the application is given within two weeks of the submission.

The company in question does need to be registered ahead of time with the Highly Skilled Migrant ruling with the IND. This registration can be done within two weeks.

EU Blue Card

The EU has adopted Directive 2009/50/EC which regulates the entry of highly skilled migrants within the EU. This particular residence permit is called the EU Blue Card

The EU Blue Card will co-exist with the residence permit for highly skilled migrants. The EU Blue Card is not easier to be acquired than the residence permit for highly skilled migrants, but it will allow for better possibilities to work in other EU member countries.

The 2021 salary threshold to qualify for the EU Blue Card is gross per month € 5,567 (exclusive 8% holiday pay), which is gross annually € 66,804 (excluding 8% holiday allowance).

Sander has the answers.

News and events

Far fewer highly skilled migrants in 2020: a decrease of 35%

15 mei 2021 In 2020 there was a huge decrease in the number of applications for highly skilled migrants , European blue cards and intra corporate...

Highly skilled migrant salary threshold 2021

3 december 2020 The IND has announced the new 2021 salary thresholds for highly skilled migrants, European Blue card holders, for key personnel intra corporate...

News and events