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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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EU Blue Card salary threshold 2020 Netherlands

4 December 2019 The salary thresholds to obtain a work and residence permit for highly qualified migrants are published today . The salary threshold to qualify...

The Netherlands ranks 5th in 2019 as world’s most valuable passport

15 November 2019 This ranking is based upon the Henley Passport Index. Henley & Partners provides with its ‘Passport Index’ every year a ranking of the...

Handbook on the practical application of the EU Visa Code

29 October 2019 The countries of the Schengen Area share a common visa policy for transit and stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period. The EU Visa...

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