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EU Blue Card holders and right for search period

3 April 2018 Highly skilled migrants (‘kennismigranten’) did already have the legal right for a search period of 3 months after premature termination of their employment agreement. EU Blue Card holders...

EU Blue Card Government filing fee reduced

30 March 2018 The government filing fees for the EU Blue Card is lowered as of 3 May 2018. Also other work related residence permits, like the highly skilled migrant permit and the intra corporate transferee...

Salary threshold for EU Blue Card in 2018

4 December 2017 The new salary threshold to qualify for the EU Blue Card in 2018 is published. The gross monthly salary threshold is EUR 5,160 exclusive of 8% holiday allowance. Applications filed in...

Nationals of Ukraine travel visa free

9 June 2017 As of 11 June 2017, nationals of Ukraine will no longer require a visa for a short stay visit (that is a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period) to the Netherlands and the other Schengen...

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 migrant , EU Blue Card , or search year highly...

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 97%. In 2015 the numbers were as follows: 25,450...

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