highly skilled migrant
highly skilled migrant

The highly skilled migrant and the job search period

The conditions for a residence permit as a highly skilled migrant are, in short, that the employee has an employment agreement and satisfies the income requirement.

More information on the requirements for this permit can be found here.

Highly skilled migrants

When a highly skilled migrant does no longer fulfil the requirements for the residence permit, the IND will withdraw the permit. The conditions for the permit are no longer met when the employment agreement is terminated. When the highly skilled migrant becomes unemployed during the validity of his permit, he has a right to seek for another job for a limited period of time, the job search period.

The job search period

As of the 1st of July 2016 this period has a duration of three months, regardless of whether the termination is the fault of the employee. After this period, the employee must leave the Netherlands in case he did not find another job and he cannot legally reside in the Netherlands on another basis. More information on this topic and on the residence permit as a highly skilled migrant can be found on the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service.

Further information

Do you have questions about the highly skilled migrant scheme or would you like assistance with the application for a permit? Please contact us; we’ll be glad to help.