4 January 2022

Highly Skilled Migrant & Residence Permit for Expats

Highly Skilled Migrant & Residence Permit for Expats

If your company wants to employ a valuable applicant from abroad, non-EU/European Economic Area and Switzerland, for longer than 3 months, then there is no need for a work permit, but you need to apply for a residence permit for this employee (and their spouses and/or dependents). These types of employees are considered to be highly skilled migrants, whose knowledge is essential for the company and is scarce in the Netherlands. To employ such an applicant, the company needs to be a recognized sponsor and must provide a sufficient income that meets the criteria for a highly skilled migrant. These criteria change yearly and differ per person, according to, for instance, age, marital/parental status, level of experience, specific occupancy, and the market condition.

You can also apply for an EU Blue Card on behalf of your employee who lives in the non-EU/European Economic Area and Switzerland. For that, your company does not need to be a recognized sponsor but must provide an employment contract for the highly skilled migrant for at least 12 months. Additionally, the company must provide a sufficient income in accordance with the income requirements for the EU Blue Card holders.

It is essential to be aware of all conditions and procedures for the residence permit and EU Blue Card to legally employ a highly skilled migrant and reside in the Netherlands. Thus, if you have any further questions or would like our support, please do not hesitate to contact us!