The Netherlands: minimum salary levels to increase in 2018

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Dutch immigration authorities have announced new minimum salary levels for Highly Skilled Migrants, Intra-corporate Transferees (EU ICT Directive 2014/66/EU) and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands. These new amounts, effective January 1, 2018, are applicable to new applications for local hires, assignees and (extension applications after) changes of employer.
The new minimum gross monthly salary levels are as follows: 
  • Highly Skilled Migrants and Intra-corporate Transferees aged over 30: EUR 4,404 
  • Highly Skilled Migrants and Intra-corporate Transferees aged under 30: EUR 3,229
  • Foreign nationals who have graduated from a Dutch higher 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 2,314 
  • Blue Card Holders: EUR 5,160
Note that 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 responsibility lies with the employer to prove that such payments have been made and meet monthly requirements. Failure to comply 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) and in gross (not net). Furthermore, it should be noted that salaries must also meet the market salary rate for the specific position. 
Besides the increase of the minimum salary requirements, it has been announced that, effective January 1, 2018, government filing fees will also be increased. The increased amounts have been confirmed as follows:
  • Highly Skilled Migrants and EU ICT first applications: EUR 938
  • Highly Skilled Migrants and EU ICT renewals: EUR 401
  • Blue Card applications: EUR 909
  • Blue Card renewals: EUR 401
  • Registration as recognised sponsor: EUR 5,345
  • Registration as a recognised sponsor for companies with 50 or fewer employees worldwide: EUR 2,672
Source: This update has been prepared using information from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Justine Fransen, Immigration Specialist, the Netherlands.