A highly skilled migrant or knowledge migrant (in Dutch “kenniswerker”) is any foreign employee who is:coming to the Netherlands to work as an employee; earns at least € 4,189.00 (excluding holiday allowances) gross per month; or earns at least € 3,071.00 (excluding holiday allowances) gross per month, if younger than thirty years old.
These salary amounts are applicable for 2015. The sums are index-linked every year.
Fixed allowances for housing and a company car may be added to the employee’s base salary in order to comply with the above mentioned salary criteria, but only if these allowances are agreed in writing and paid in monthly installments.
Please note that the application can be denied if the salary is not competitive within the applicable industry or sector.
This income requirement does not apply to scientific researchers and physicians in training to become specialists, or people working for educational or research institutions.
Employers wishing to employ highly skilled migrants are no longer required to also apply for work permits for those employees. They will only have to submit an application for Admission and Residence for the employee and his family at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND). The application procedure will last approximately two to three weeks.
A residence permit for highly skilled migrants will be granted for the duration of the intended employment, for a maximum of five years.
Professional soccer players, or ministers or teachers of religion are not eligible for a residency as highly skilled migrants.