Netherlands – Dutch Authorities Introduce New Salary Thresholds for 2019

What has changed

The Netherlands Authorities “Immigratie en Naturalisatie Dienst” (IND) has published the salary thresholds for 2019.

Beginning January 1, 2019, new salary threshold requirements will be applicable for the following applications; applicants aged thirty (30) years and older, applicants younger than thirty (30) years, specific higher institution graduates, and Blue Card applicants.

Who is affected

Clients must ensure that their employee’s salary meets the minimum threshold to be eligible to apply for a work and residence permit or submit an extension application

What to expect

Summary of New Salary Thresholds for 2019:
  • For applicants thirty (30) years and older, the monthly gross salary threshold will be set to EUR 4,500 (from EUR 4.404 in 2018), excluding holiday allowance.
  • For applicants younger than thirty (30) years, the monthly gross salary threshold will be set to EUR 3.299 (from EUR 3.229 in 2018), excluding holiday allowance.
  • For graduates from a higher Dutch educational institution or an international educational institution listed in the top 200 of the ranking list, the monthly gross salary threshold for taking up employment within three (3) years after graduation will be set to EUR 2364 (from EUR 2314 in 2018), excluding holiday allowance.
  • For Blue Card applications, the monthly gross salary threshold will be set at EUR 5.272 (from EUR 5.160 in 2018), excluding holiday allowance.

The new salary thresholds are applicable for new applications for local hires, assignees (when outside the scope of the EU ICT Directive 2014/66/EU) or extension applications, received by the IND beginning January 1, 2019.

Emigra Worldwide will advise clients on a case-by-case basis when assessing the employee’s employment details and work permit options.

What you need to do

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.