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Who are knowledge migrants and when can they work in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands, the business sector is supported by a special scheme known as the Knowledge Migrants Scheme, which enables the quick and efficient attraction of highly skilled employees from outside the EU. But who are these knowledge migrants, and under what conditions are they allowed to work in the Netherlands?

What are knowledge migrants?

Knowledge migrants are highly skilled professionals from outside the European Union who come to the Netherlands to work. They can hold various occupations, such as teachers, researchers, or medical professionals. The Dutch immigration policy has established the Knowledge Migrants Scheme to facilitate the attraction of these highly qualified workers. An immigration lawyer can help with the process.

Requirements for knowledge migrants

To work as a knowledge migrant in the Netherlands, several requirements must be met. A crucial factor is that the company wishing to hire the knowledge migrant must be recognized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) as a sponsor. This means that the company is considered reliable and meets certain criteria.

Administrative obligations

Once a company is recognized as a sponsor, there are several administrative obligations to fulfill. These include obligations regarding administration, duty of care, and information provision. It is crucial that these obligations are taken seriously, as failure to comply may result in fines, suspensions, or warnings.

Salary requirements for knowledge migrants

The salary of knowledge migrants is also subject to specific requirements. For knowledge migrants aged 30 or older, the gross monthly salary must be at least €4,752, excluding holiday allowance. Different salary thresholds apply to younger knowledge migrants, while graduates in the Netherlands have different salary conditions during the first three years after graduation.

European blue card

In addition to the Knowledge Migrants Scheme, there is also the option for highly skilled migrants from outside the EU to apply for a European Blue Card. This card provides legal residence and work in the Netherlands and other EU countries. To qualify for the European Blue Card, candidates must meet specific requirements, including a certain salary level and a higher education of at least three years.

Experience and expertise of AILF

For companies and individuals seeking more information about the process of hiring knowledge migrants or obtaining a European Blue Card, AILF (Agayev Immigration Law Firm) can be invaluable. With over 10 years of experience in immigration law, they provide expert advice and guidance on all aspects of the immigration process.