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A highly-skilled migrant is defined by the Immigration Service as an employee who works for a recognized sponsor in the Netherlands on the basis of a work contract and fulfills specific age, salary and experience requirements.
For highly-skilled migrants from the age of 30 upwards, a higher income requirement applies than for highly-skilled migrants under the age of 30 or for those who have graduated in the Netherlands. The amounts are index-linked on a yearly basis. For 2018, the monthly gross income excluding vacation pay is €4.404 for employees 30 years and older, €3.229 for employees under 30, and €2.314 for a highly-skilled migrant employed during the Orientation Year for graduates/highly educated persons. For a EU-blue card holder, the amount is €5.160.
This income requirement does not apply to highly-skilled migrants performing scientific research or to physicians in training to become specialists. In these cases, the income must at least meet the provisions listed in the Dutch Minimum Wage Act (wml).
A family member of a highly-skilled migrant is defined as a spouse, registered partner, or unmarried partner, and any minor children. Family members may also use the accelerated formalities services.
Nuffic has also produced a handy flow-chart to determine what sort of visas and permits a highly-skilled international employee would require.