December 13, 2011

The Dutch immigration authority (Immigratie end Naturalisatiedienst, or “IND”) has announced the new minimum salary levels for Knowledge Migrant Program (highly skilled) applicants for 2012.  The minimum salary level for the Knowledge Migrant Program is adjusted every year after input from the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

New Minimum Salaries for 2012

  • Highly skilled migrants under 30: €37,575 (up from €37,121 in 2011).
  • Highly skilled migrants who completed their studies in the Netherlands €26,931 (up from €26,605 in 2011).
  • Highly skilled migrants age 30 or older: €51,239 (up from €50,619 in 2011).

Who Is Affected?

All new applications where the Machtiging Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV) approval application (the first step for the Knowledge Migrant Process) is submitted on or after January 1, 2012.

For cases where the MVV application is submitted prior to January 1, 2011, but the actual Knowledge Migrant Residence Permit application is submitted after January 1st, the 2010 minimum salary level will apply.

There is no need to adjust existing salaries, although applications for renewals of Knowledge Migrant residence permits must meet the new salary levels.

Can Per Diems and Allowances Be Included?

The gross annual income of the applicant should meet the specified minimum salary level.  Allowances for housing and foreign salary adjustment may be included as long as these are guaranteed and stated in the employment contract.


Note that new applications under the nowledge Migrant Program must meet the new salary criteria from 1 January 2012.

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