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NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2017

Effective 1 January 2017, the Dutch immigration authorities have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants) and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.

Affected Applications

It is not necessary to adjust salaries of existing Knowledge Migrants in the Netherlands unless applying for a renewal of the residence permit. The new levels apply only where an application, either for a new residence permit or a renewal of an existing residence permit, is made.

Minimum Salaries for 2017

The new minimum gross monthly salary levels are as follows:

  • Knowledge Migrants aged over 30: EUR 4240 (up from EUR 4324);
  • Knowledge Migrants aged under 30: EUR 3170 (up from EUR 3108);
  • Persons who have graduated in the Netherlands within the last 12 months: EUR 2272 (up from EUR 2228)
  • Blue Card Holders: EUR 5066 (up from EUR 4968).

Details

  • Note that amounts listed above do not include the mandatory 8% holiday pay. 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.
  • Per diems and allowances may only be included if they are guaranteed and stated in the employment contract.
  • It should be noted that salaries must also meet the market salary rate for the specific position. If the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (the IND) consider the suggested salary to be less than sufficient, they can ask the UWV Werkbedrijf (the body that provides opinions on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) for an opinion. Additional justification for the salary level would likely be requested from the prospective employer. Applications which do not meet market conditions as adjudicated by the UWV Werkbedrijf will be rejected.

Action Items

  • Note new minimum salary levels for 2017 and ensure that upcoming applications meet the new criteria.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expat Management Group and V&A Group.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.