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The European Union Blue Card is a residence and work permit for highly skilled migrants from outside the European Union. The EU Blue Card is implemented to attract highly skilled non-EU nationals to come to work in the European Union. This website provides information about the EU 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 (HSM) Program.

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The Dutch Highly Skilled Migrant Visa 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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Increasing number of highly skilled migrants in 2016

21 May 2017 In 2016 a total number of 13,600 applications for highly skilled migrants were filed. This is an application for the purpose of highly skilled...

Almost all applications to become Dutch national are granted

14 May 2017 In 2016 23,190 foreigners filed an application for naturalisation to become a Dutch national . Almost all applications were granted. In total...

EU Blue Card also allowed to start business

13 April 2017 The Secretary of State of Social Affairs has confirmed that holders of an EU Blue Card are also allowed to start a business besides their work as...

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