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Salary criteria 2017 - Highly skilled migrants

Last updated: 11-01-2017

11 January 2017

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).

Should you have further questions on the above or otherwise please contact us via e-mail or call us at our office in Amsterdam at +31 20 570 9440 or our office in Rotterdam at + 31 10 201 0466.