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Welcome at EU Blue Card

The European Union Blue Card is a residence and work permit for highly skilled migrants from outside the European Union. This website provides information about the European Union Blue Card in general, the conditions to qualify for the EU Blue Card and how to apply in The Netherlands. This website also contains information about the Dutch Highly Skilled Migrant Program.

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The EU Blue Card is a residence and work permit implemented to attract highly skilled non-EU nationals to come to work in the European Union. 

The Dutch Highly Skilled Migrant Permit is a national work and residence permit that coexists besides the EU Blue Card. Employers and there highly skilled non-EU employees can choose between those two options. 

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European Intra Company Transfer Directive has to be implemented 29 November

21 October 2016 The Intra Corporate Transfer Directive (2016/44/EU) is a Directive of the European Parliament and the European Commission on the conditions of...

No work permit required for foreign students

12 October 2016 Employers who wish to offer an internship to foreign students no longer need to be in the possession of a work permit. This amendment took place...

Working Holiday Program continued with South Korea

11 October 2016 The Netherlands and South Korea agreed to continue the Working Holiday Program for another two years until 1 October 2018. The Working Holiday...

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