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The benefits of a EU Blue Card

You wish to work in the Netherlands as a holder of a European blue card from another Member State. You need a residence permit to live and work in the Netherlands. What are the conditions and how does the application procedure work?

The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit for highly skilled migrants from outside the EU. The main criteria are a salary threshold and educational qualifications.

The EU Blue Card does not replace the existing national highly skilled immigration schemes. They will subsist next to the EU Blue Card.The benefit of the EU Blue Card lies in a limited amount of EU mobility rights that national permits do not offer.

What are the conditions and how does the EU Blue Card application procedure work?

The EU Card criteria are stricter than the Dutch highly skilled migrant residence permit

To be eligible in the Netherlands the foreign national must earn at least a gross monthly salary of € 5,066 (excluding 8% holiday allowance), which is an annual gross salary of € 65,655.36 (including 8% holiday allowance) and must have succesfully completed a post secondary higher education program of at least three years. The diploma must be validated by the Dutch office for Evaluation of Foreign Credentials (IDW).

These criteria are stricter than the criteria for the Dutch highly skilled migrant residence permit (knowledge migrant). Why then apply for an EU Blue Card? After having stayed in the first country of entry for 18 months, the holder of an EU Blue Card is allowed to move to another EU Member State.

Holders of national residence permits obviously can also move to another EU country, but they will lose their accrued years of stay in the first country. If they want to obtain an EC long term residence permit, they must stay in one country for 5 years whereas the EU Blue Card holder can cumulate these 5 years in several EU countries.

Another advantages of the EU Blue Card

Another advantage is that periods of absence of the EU territory do not interrupt the period of 5 years of legal stay required for the EC long term residence permit, if they are shorter than 12 consecutive months and 18 months in total, and provided it was only to return temporarily to the country of origin for the purpose of work or study.

mr. Hilbrand Nawijn LL.M.

Specialist in Immigration Law and European working permits

E-mail:  h.nawijn@rpslegal.nl
Tel: +31 20 697 4000

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