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Immigration news: salary requirements 2018

Salary requirements 2018 for the highly skilled migrant and intra corporate transferee permits

The IND recently published the salary requirements for 2018 for the highly skilled migrant* and intra corporate transferee** procedures.
Eventhough the ICT procedure does not have an official salary requirement, in cases where the general salary level is difficult to determine,  the IND tends to use the highly skilled migrant salary level as a starting point. The salary requirements for 2018 are:

  • employee is >30 years of age: € 4404,- per month
  • employee is <30 years of age: € 3229,- per month
  • Lower criteria (special category for graduates): € 2314,- per month
  • Blue Card: € 5160,- per month

Above amounts apply to new applications, as well as renewal applications.

More salary conditions

In all cases, the IND checks the basic (as guaranteed in the contract) gross monthly salary, exclusive variable components (for example bonus) and components that an employer does not pay monthly (for example holiday allowance). It is obligatory to meet the salary requirement every individual month. Also, the employer must deposit the salary into a bank account that is on the employees’ name. Therefore, it is very important to keep a close watch on the actual monthly payment. For instance, we have seen cases in which an employee started working part-time and the salary requirement was no longer met! We strongly advise to check if the employee still meets the salary requirement at least once a year, but preferably twice a year.

* Highly skilled migrants are employees from non EU countries who come to work in the Netherlands on a local (Dutch) contract.
** Intra Corporate Transferees are employees from non EU countries who stay on contract on the non EU entity of the same company as where they will work in the Netherlands.