In the context of immigration to the Netherlands, what are the key distinctions and implications between obtaining a residence permit?


As a holder of a European Blue Card and acquiring a residence permit as a highly skilled migrant, considering factors such as eligibility criteria, benefits, rights, and the potential impact on the individual’s professional opportunities and long-term settlement prospects in the country?

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    There are 3 differences:

    1. A higher salary criteria applies to holders of the European blue card than to highly skilled migrants.
    2. With a European blue card, you can more easily apply for a residence permit in another EU Member State.
    3. With a European blue card, you can apply earlier for a residence permit EU long-term resident, i.e., after 2 years instead of after 5 years, as applies to highly skilled migrants (and other Dutch residence permits). Your family members can apply for an independent residence permit in the category ‘humanitarian non-temporary’ earlier, i.e., after 2 years instead of after 5 years.

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