What is the change? The Dutch government has set 2021 salary thresholds for high-skilled foreign workers.

What does the change mean? Beginning Jan. 1, the minimum monthly salaries will be as follows:

  • Highly skilled migrants 30 years or older: €4,752.
  • Highly skilled migrants younger than 30 years: €3,484.
  • Highly skilled migrants (recently graduated): €2,497.
  • European Blue Card Holders: €5,567.

Background: The salary thresholds are indexed annually. The minimums set for 2021 represent an increase of about 3 percent over current thresholds in each category. In order to meet the salary threshold, employers may include monthly salary components that are gross, guaranteed, and paid directly into the bank account of the employee. In-kind benefits or wages that are not guaranteed, such as performance bonuses, cannot be included to meet the monthly salary threshold.

Analysis & Comments: The new salary thresholds apply to applications filed after Dec. 31. For applications submitted in 2020, the current salary thresholds will apply.

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