11 January 2017 Add expertise tag Add service tag Add country tag

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employments had adjusted salary criteria for highly skilled migrants by ministerial regulation. This adjustment will have effect as of 1 January 2017.

The annual adjustments are as follows: 

  2017 2016
Highly skilled migrant - 30 years and older € 4,324 € 4,240
Highly skilled migrant - younger than 30 years € 3,170 € 3,108
Dutch graduate qualifying for orientation year € 2,272 € 2,228
Transfer within a concern, based on the ICT directive € 4,324 € 4,240

The salary criteria should be met only based on the salary that the highly skilled migrant receives in cash and as such, should be clearly stipulated in the employment contract. Benefits in kind and non-cash components are excluded. Furthermore, the salary criterion is exclusive of the 8% holiday allowance.

If an application for the highly skilled migrant is filed before 1 January 2017, the 2016 salary criteria still apply. This also applies if the highly skilled migrant receives his permit in 2017, i.e. the date of application is decisive.

Please be aware that the legal fees will also be increased on 1 January 2017 and are expected to amount to € 926 (2016: € 881).