• Knowledge Migrants Must Be Paid Upon Arrival
  • October 20, 2014
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Employers must start paying Knowledge Migrants’ salaries upon their arrival to the Netherlands, regardless of the contract start date or work authorization status, according to a new policy of the Dutch immigration authorities.

    According to a law implemented in June 2013, a Knowledge Migrant must provide an expected date of arrival to the Netherlands in the visa application. If this date is not the actual date of entry, the employer must now submit documentation to prove that it started paying the Knowledge Migrant’s salary once he or she actually entered, such as with a letter from the employer, an amended contract, an assignment letter specifying the new start date, or a copy of the flight ticket with a letter indicating the entry date.

    As a reminder, as of January 2014, the minimum monthly salary for Knowledge Migrants is €3,205.44 for those under 30 years of age and €4,371.84 for those age 30 or higher.

    What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

    Employers that change the start date for a Knowledge Migrant should amend the contract prior to the employee’s arrival to the Netherlands to avoid the obligation to retroactively notify the immigration authorities of his or her entry date.