The Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new

minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly

Skilled Migrants), graduates and Blue Card applicants coming to the

Netherlands.

Affected Applications

These amounts are applicable for new applications for local

hires, assignees (when outside the scope of the EU ICT Directive

2014/66/EU) or extension applications, received by IND on or after

January 1, 2021:

Minimum Salaries for 2021

The new minimum gross monthly salary levels are as follows:

  • Knowledge Migrants aged 30 and above: EUR 4752 (up from EUR

    4612);

  • Knowledge Migrants aged under 30: EUR 3484 (up from EUR

    3381);

  • Persons who have graduated from a higher Dutch educational

    institution, or from an international educational institution

    listed in the top 200 of one of the ranking lists, taking up

    employment within three years after graduation: EUR 2497 (up from

    EUR 2423);

  • Blue Card Holders: EUR 5567 (up from EUR 5403).

The amounts listed above do not include the mandatory holiday

allowance.  Payments must be made monthly, directly into the

bank account of the foreign national, and the onus is on the

employer to prove that such payments have been made and meet

monthly requirements. Failure to be compliant with these rules may

result in fines.  Benefits and allowances may only be included

if they are specified in the employment contract, fixed/guaranteed

and paid monthly in money (not in kind).  Salaries must also

meet the market salary rate for the specific position.

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