Hélène Jonker writes a bi-weekly immigration law column in a local newspaper. These columns are also featured below.

European Blue Card

The EU Blue Card facilitates the entry of highly skilled migrants within the EU and aims to support and allow for better working possibilities in other EU countries.

The EU Blue Card is a combined residence permit with work authorisation. The applicants need to have an employment agreement for at least one year and must receive a minimum gross monthly salary. Academic qualifications, professional certificates and expertise are required for approval.

To have access to the EU Blue Card program, the Dutch company does not need to be registered as a recognised sponsor with the Dutch Immigration Service (IND). Recognised sponsors however do benefit from an expedited processing time.

The EU Blue Card procedure is rarely used in the Netherlands particularly due to the fact that the highly skilled migrant application allows for less stricter requirements. We have successfully applied for the EU Blue Card and are happy to advise on the benefits of this Card.