December 19, 2012

The Dutch immigration authority (Immigratie end Naturalisatiedienst or “IND”) has announced the new 2013 minimum income requirements for highly-skilled migrant and EU Blue Card applicants.

What’s Changed?

Each year the income requirement for Highly-Skilled Migrants (“Kennismigranten”) will be reviewed annually by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment on the basis of the most recent index figures for collective wages published by Netherlands Statistics.

The IND’s revised the income requirements are effective January 1, 2013 for the following:

Category Euros Approx. US$

Highly-skilled migrants age 30 and above: € 52,010 $68,565

Highly-skilled migrants below age 30: € 38,141 $50,282

Persons who graduate in the Netherlands: € 27,336 $36,037

European (EU) Blue Card holder: € 60,952 $80,354

Who Is Affected?

In the Netherlands, a foreign national’s gross annual income is referred to as the “income requirement”.

Employees who perform scientific research or who are doctors in training to become specialists are not required to satisfy this requirement. These employees are exempt from the income requirement and must satisfy the provisions of the Minimum Wage Act. These requirements can be found at

Foreign nationals who are subject to a minimum income requirement are those nationals from non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries who wish to come to work as Highly-Skilled Migrants, holders of an EU Blue Card in the Netherlands or university students who have graduated in the Netherlands and will be employed as a Highly-Skilled Migrant.

The 2013 Income Requirement

The new income requirement will become effective for all of those applications for an MVV (multi-entry visa, also known as a Regular Provisional Residence Permit), residence permit or EU Blue Card application accepted by the IND on or after January 1, 2013.

If an application for an MVV is accepted by the IND prior to January 1, 2013, the income requirements of 2012 will apply to application for a residence permit submitted after January 1, 2013.

Applications to renew existing work and residence permits for the above-referenced categories must also meet the new salary levels.


Note that new and renewal applications for Highly-Skilled Migrants and EU Blue Card holders must meet the new salary criteria from January 1, 2013.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification. This alert was prepared by Glenn Faulk, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management. Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our PLG | KGNM Correspondent Office in the Netherlands to provide you this update.