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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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Dutch Integration exam will become more difficult

6 July 2018 The Secretary of State of Social Affairs and Employment has informed the Dutch Parliament on 2 July 2018 that he is planning to amend the current...

Croatians can work in the Netherlands without work permit per 1 July 2018

11 June 2018 The Dutch government has decided on 8 June 2018 that Croatian nationals can also make use of the ‘freedom of movement of persons’ within the...

EU Directive for Researchers and Students

18 May 2018 EU Directive 2016/801   will take effect on 23 May 2018. This Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 regulates...

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