Expatcenter Procedure: for employers
With the creation of the Expatcenter, a new process was developed whereby an employer can now initiate the registration procedure for a residence permit prior to the new employee’s arrival in the country. Once in the Netherlands, the employee can then collect a national residence permit and complete municipal registration procedures in a single visit to the Expatcenter. They will also receive a citizen service number (CSN) shortly after their appointment. For more detailed information please see: Expatcenter Procedure and How to Apply.
Information for expat employees
You can visit the Immigration and Naturalisation (IND) website to learn more about:
Entry procedure for highly skilled migrants and labour migrants (IND website).
Organisations and companies who are participating in the special entry procedure for highly skilled migrants.
How the Expatcenter helps highly skilled migrants
After your employer has arranged an appointment for you at the Expatcenter, you can expect the following to be arranged:
Registration with municipal administration (GBA).
Your citizen service number.
You will receive your residence permit.
The income requirements (2016 figures) to qualify as a highly skilled migrant are:
- Highly skilled migrants from the age of 30: €4,240 gross per month excl. holiday allowance
- Highly skilled migrants younger than 30: €3,108 gross per month excl. holiday allowance
- International graduates who started working as a highly skilled migrant during their orientation year: €2,228 gross per month excl. holiday allowance
Employees who wish to come to work in the Netherlands as highly skilled migrants or who are the holders of the European Blue Card are required to earn a minimum gross annual income. This 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. Such employees have to satisfy the provisions of the Minimum Wage Act.
Effective as of 1 January 2013, the income requirement for highly skilled migrants will be reviewed annually by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment on the basis of the most recent index figure for Collective Labour Agreement wages, published by Netherlands Statistics.
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