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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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2020 sees a huge drop in number of highly skilled employees coming to the Netherlands

27 mei 2021 For the first time in many years did the Netherlands welcome less highly skilled employees. Highly skilled employees are considered applicants for...

Netherlands abolishes foreign investor and high net worth individual scheme

28 april 2021 The Dutch cabinet has decided to abolish the scheme for foreign investors and high net worth individual in the second half of 2021. This is...

Update: more travel restrictions per 23 January 2021

20 januari 2021 The Dutch government has announced further travel restrictions per 23 January 2021.  No longer exempted from the travel restrictions are:...

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