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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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Almost 20,000 highly skilled foreigners arriving in the Netherlands in 2018

15 April 2019 A total of 19,840 visa and work permit applications for highly skilled migrants , EU Blue Cards and intra corporate transferees were filed in...

Tuberculosis (TB) test: more nationalities exempted

10 April 2019 The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) recently published an updated list of nationalities that do not have to undergo a...

District Court ruling on monthly salary payment to EU Blue Card holder

24 March 2019 The Labour Inspection imposed a penalty of € 8,000 to a company employing an EU Blue Card holder, because this EU Blue Card holder did not...

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