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Am I employing a knowledge migrant?

We have all heard of the knowledge migrant and we all know that the new salary thresholds as of January 1st 2020 are as follows:

Standard amounts for residence as a highly skilled migrant Gross amount per month excluding holiday allowance
Highly skilled migrant older than 30 years € 4,612.-
Highly skilled migrant younger than 30 years € 3,381.-

   Recent graduates   € 2,423.-

But does that automatically mean that the employer may employ a foreign national that fulfills the above salary thresholds?  The answer is “no”!

Besides fulfillment of the above salary thresholds, a knowledge migrant must receive a local employment contract with the recognized employer. An employer will be recognized by the Dutch Immigration Authority (IND) once the IND considers the employer to be trustworthy and reliable as well as that they are convinced that the solvability and continuity of the Dutch company is guaranteed.

It is important to understand that the recognition is related to a business entity, ultimately meaning that branches of a company must each be recognized by the IND in order to be able to employ knowledge migrants.

Last but certainly not least, knowledge migrants may often benefit from the 30%-ruling (tax status). Apart from several other (different) conditions, both regimes have a set of similar but confusingly different minimum wage conditions. The minimum 30% salary threshold for the year 2020 has not yet been published but is expected to be around € 37,500 on annual basis for a person older than 30 years of age.

We thus encourage you to contact our firm in order to avoid disappointments (refusals) if one of the two (immigration/tax) conditions are not met with. 

Immigration law advice: + 31 6 27043309 (Hélène Jonker)
Tax advice: + 31 6 25097409 (Leon van Baal)

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