EU Blue Card

Dutch companies that would like to hire highly educated personnel from outside of the EU can submit an application for a European Blue Card. The European Blue Card is based on Directive 2009/50/EG and is intended for highly educated foreign nationals from outside the EU who want to work in one of the EU member states. The holder of a European Blue Card and his/her family members can easily settle in another EU member state to work there.

A European Blue Card can be an alternative in the Netherlands if the conditions for a residence permit as a highly skilled migrant are not met. For example, the Dutch employer is not obliged to be recognized as a sponsor by the the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND).

Conditions EU Blue Card

To be eligible for the European Blue Card, the income requirement of € 5.670 gross per month and the diploma requirement must be met. The income requirement is indexed annually. The diploma requirement means that the foreign national must have completed at least a three-year bachelor’s degree program. The diploma must first be assessed by Nuffic. The employer must submit an employment contract with the application showing that it concerns a highly skilled position for a minimum period of at least 12 months.

Duration residence permit

The IND will issue a residence permit for the duration of the contract, with a minimum validity of one year.