Beginning January 1, 2015, the Dutch immigration authorities will impose new annual minimum salary levels for recent Dutch university graduates, Highly Skilled Migrants, and EU Blue Card applicants, as follows:

  • Highly Skilled Migrants (for individuals aged over 30): €54,289.44 per year (increased from €52,462.08) – This must be paid in monthly installments of at least €4,524.12 per month.
  • Highly Skilled Migrants (for individuals aged under 30): €39,800.16 per year (increased from €38,465.28) – This must be paid in monthly installments of at least €3,316.68 per month.
  • EU Blue Card applicants: €63,607.68 per year (increased from €61,469.28) – This must be paid in monthly installments of at least €5,300.64 per month.
  • Applicants who have graduated from a Dutch university within the last twelve (12) months: €28,524.96 per year (increased from €27,565.92) – This must be paid in monthly installments of at least €3,316.68 per month.

Per diem payments and allowances can be counted toward the base salary if they are guaranteed and are listed in the assignment agreement or employment contract. The salary payments must meet the minimum monthly amounts stated above and must be made directly into the foreign national’s bank account.

These new minimum salary levels will apply only where the application for the provisional residence permit (MVV) has not been filed prior to January 1, 2015. For existing Highly Skilled Migrants or EU Blue Card holders, salaries will only need to be adjusted when applying for the renewal of the residence permit.