Salary Criteria 2021 and costs for HSM and other immigration procedures

In this article you will find the salary criteria 2021 for the HSM and other immigration procedures. Moreover, the IND invoices higher governmental fees for immigration procedures compared to 2020 . The price increase is based on the index rate published by the Dutch Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

Salary criteria 2021

  • ​Highly skilled migrants 30 years or older:  ​€ 4,752 gross per month
  • Highly skilled migrants younger than 30 years:  ​€ 3,484 gross per month​
  • Reduced salary criterion:  ​€ 2,497 gross per month 
  • ​European Blue Card:  ​€ 5,567 gross per month

What may be included in the salary criterion?

The IND counts the reimbursements of expenses and fixed allowances (such as a thirteenth month) in the salary criterion. 
For this the following conditions apply:

  • The reimbursements and allowances have to be stated in the employment contract.
  • The reimbursements and allowances are transferred each month to a bank account in name of the highly skilled migrant or holder of the European blue card.

The following pay elements are not included in the criterion:

  • Vacation allowance.
  • The value of payment made in kind.
  • Uncertain, non-regular pay elements (for example overtime allowances, tips and payments from funds).

Governmental fees

The IND has also announced the 2021 index regarding the fees they charge for immigration procedures:

  • Highly skilled migrants, Intra Corporate Transferees and Blue Card holders: the 2020 fee of € 290 has increased to € 320
  • Dependent partners: the 2020 fee of € 174 has increased to € 192
  • · Dependent children: the 2020 fee of € 58 has increased to € 64

For a full list of all IND fees, please consult the following web page:


If you have any questions about the salary criteria 2021 for the work related immigration procedures, please do contact us!

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