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Highly Skilled Knowledge Migrant


Since October 2004 Dutch employers are permitted to hire non-EU nationals without work permits if the following requirements are met:

  • The employer/company has registered at the Integration & Naturalisation authorities (IND) for the Highly Skilled Migrant Program; and
  • To be considered as a Highly Skilled Migrant the applicant is required to earn an annual salary of at least € 50.183 if he or she is over 30 years of age. If the applicant is under 30 the required annual salary is € 36.800.-.

Once a contract has been signed, the regular rules regarding issuance of a residence permit apply such as having a valid passport, no criminal record and health insurance.


The residence permit of a highly skilled knowledge migrant is granted for the length of the employment contract, up to a maximum of five years, assuming the migrant’s passport is valid for that duration.

Partners of highly skilled knowledge migrants can work without needing a work permit, providing they apply and are granted a residence permit which will be valid for one year. Their residence permit should be timely extended if the Knowledge Migrant employee will stay longer than 1one year. The residence permit of the children will have the same term as the residence permit of the highly skilled migrant.

USA nationals and some other non- EU applicants who do not require an entry visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands, may start working as a highly skilled knowledge migrant only once their residence permit application is approved. Foreigners who require an MVV can start work immediately upon registration with the IND since their eligibility for a residence permit was determined by the MVV process in their home country.


Get in touch with us

Van Leijenberghlaan 18-B
1082 GM Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: + 31 (0) 20 470 44 89
Mobile: + 31 (0) 6 546 94 202

Thank you V&A Group for all the hard work and expertise. Great service, very much appreciated

Caroline Wood

We would like to thank the V&A Group for the quality and timeline of their work of the past few years. In sum, it is a pleasure doing business with your company

Jason Howard

Just wanted to thank you and the others in your office that helped us with our immigration process to the Netherlands. It was a real pleasure working with you.

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