Start-up visa: details and requirements online

The Expatcenter Amsterdam is very pleased to announce that as of 1 January 2015, a new visa has been launched for ambitious entrepreneurs looking to start a company in the Netherlands. You can find all information about the new start-up visa on our website, along with a link to the IND’s official application form.

New salary requirements for highly skilled migrant status and 30% ruling

The salary requirements for highly skilled migrants as per January 2015 are as follows:

  • Highly skilled migrants of 30 years and older:  €4,189 gross per month excl. holiday allowance.
  • Highly skilled migrants younger than 30 years: €3,071 gross per month excl. holiday allowance.
  • Highly skilled migrants who graduated in the Netherlands and who started working as highly skilled migrants in the first year following their graduation: €2,201 gross per month excl. holiday allowance.
The salary criteria for the 30% ruling as per January 2015 are as follows:
  • The annual taxable salary for an employee must be more than €36,705 (2014: €36,378).
  • The taxable salary for an employee with a master’s degree and who is younger than 30 years, must be more than €27,901 (2014: €27,653).

Expatcenter: new measure to combat identity fraud

As part of the ongoing efforts to combat identity fraud, the Expatcenter will no longer issue a copy or photograph of personal documents relating to an individual other than to the individual in question. The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations has published additional advice regarding the secure handling of identification documents (and copies thereof), such as redacting the personal public service number on the copy. For more information, please visit (currently only available in Dutch).

Ask your question via the Twitter account @IND_NL

The IND has recently introduced a new way to answer your questions: you can now direct your queries to the Twitter account @IND_NL. The IND's webcare team is ready to answer general questions regarding application submissions, required forms or any other general questions. This service is available on weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00. In order to protect your privacy, the webcare team cannot elaborate on client- or file-specific questions. For example, this could relate to matters for which a case number is required, such as a question regarding the status of your application. Read more about the applicable terms and conditions for the IND’s Twitter service. To contact them in a different way, please see the IND’s contact page.

Upcoming holidays at the Expatcenter

  • 13 March: Closed due to renovation
  • 3 April: Good Friday
  • 6 April: Easter Monday
  • 27 April: King’s Day
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • 5 May: Liberation Day
  • 14 May: Ascension Day
  • 25 May: Whit Monday

Culture & events

The Expatcenter and We Are Public create cultural connections

The Expatcenter is teaming up with Amsterdam cultural platform We Are Public to introduce expats in the city to the very best in music, theatre, film and art. We firmly believe that connecting internationals with the cultural scene helps them to feel at home faster. As such, expats can sign up for a free two-month trial membership of the We Are Public initiative, not only informing them what’s on but providing free (or discounted) entry to the events.

Please share this news with your employees, clients or colleagues. They can sign up for the free trial on our website.

IamExpat Fair 2015

If you offer services or products for expatriates, are looking to hire international talent or would perhaps like to expand into the expat market, then the upcoming IamExpat Fair 2015 is certainly an event to explore!

It’s taking place on 7 March 2015 at Amsterdam’s iconic Westergasfabriek, providing companies and organisations with the opportunity to interact with thousands of internationals, meet employment candidates, collect CVs and to engage this audience with interactive workshops and informative presentations. And, of course, it’s a fantastic chance to network with some of the biggest names in the expat industry.

Learn more about how to join this great expat event!

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