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Highly Skilled Migrants

Many European employers are looking for specific knowledge and skills that aren’t readily available in their own country. In those cases, the choice is often made to hire someone from outside the European Union, a Highly Skilled Migrant.

A knowledge migrant or highly skilled migrant is someone from outside Europe who has a work permit allowing them to work in the Netherlands based on his or her technical or scientific knowledge. To get this work permit in the Netherlands, the employer has to be registered with the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service as a Recognised Sponsor. Besides this, there are several criteria the position needs to meet to be able to apply for a work permit. There is, for example, an income requirement.

Minimal required gross monthly income for a Highly Skilled Migrant as of January 1st, 2021 (excl. 8% holiday allowance):

Older than 30


Younger than 30


Registering with the IND and applying for a work permit is a complicated process but fortunately, we at Search X Recruitment are more than happy to assist you. Want to know more about applying for a work permit? Make sure to also read this post.

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