The European Union regulations make it possible to attract highly skilled migrant workers from outside the EU: the highly skilled migrant programme. The most important criterion with which employers must comply is the salary requirement. The income requirements for 2018 have been published in the Government Gazette. As per 01 January 2018 the following wage criteria apply:

Highly skilled migrants aged 30 years or older € 4,404.00
Highly skilled migrants younger than 30 years € 3,229.00
Highly skilled migrants following an orientation year for highly qualified persons, or without an orientation year permit within three years after graduation, or work as scientific researcher. € 2,314.02
Key staff ICT € 4,404.00
Holders of blue cards € 5,160.00

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The employer must be recognised by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) as a sponsor. Only then may an employer submit an application for a residence permit for the highly skilled migrant. The amounts mentioned are gross amounts per month, not including 8% holiday allowance. On 02 January 2018 the IND will publish the new income requirements for all residency purposes on the income page.