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, that the employee will work at the level of a specialist, manager or trainee, that the applicable income requirement is met, and that the salary is on market terms.

This post was reviewed and updated on 1 September 2020

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. If the highly skilled migrant loses his/her job, the conditions for the permit are no longer met. When the highly skilled migrant becomes unemployed during the validity of his permit, he/she does have a right to seek for another job for a limited period of time, the job search period.

The job search period

This period has a maximum duration of three months, regardless of the way the employment will end or the reason for the termination. This search period starts on the day of termination of the employment and will not last longer than the duration of the highly skilled migrant residence permit. If the residence permit expires before the three month search period, the search period is shorter.

After this period, the employee must leave the Netherlands in case he/she did not find another job and he/she 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.

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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.