Salary Criteria 30% Tax Ruling 2024

11 December 2023 – The Netherlands Do you want to apply for the 30% tax ruling for your employees or are you an international employee yourself? Be aware that the government has presented the new salary thresholds for 2024! The 30% tax ruling is a beneficial tax ruling for international employees coming to the Netherlands […]

Salary Criteria Highly Skilled Migrants 2024

11 December 2023 – The Netherlands The new highly skilled migrant minimum salary requirements for 2024 are announced now! If your employee has a nationality from outside of the European Union and is moving to the Netherlands, often a work and residence permit is needed. One of the most commonly used permit in the Netherlands […]

Impactful Changes Causing a Stir in the 30% Tax Ruling World?

2 November 2023, The Netherlands – Do you have employees that currently benefit from the 30% tax ruling? Then this article cannot be missed moving forward with the implementation of the ruling! After the announcement earlier this year about the cap off rate for high income earners benefiting from the 30% ruling, the House of Representatives […]

How to prepare for a successful and efficient home search!

23 January 2023, The Netherlands – We see a trend in the past years that rental prices are skyrocketing together with inflation. Meanwhile, COVID restrictions are lifted and the demand for housing has grown only more. What does this mean for expats coming to The Netherlands that are looking for their new home away from […]

Salary Criteria 30% Tax Ruling 2023

4 January 2023 – The Netherlands One of the requirements for international employees to be eligible for the 30% tax ruling in The Netherlands is to have certain specific knowledge that is not easily found in The Netherlands itself. The tax authorities (Belastingdienst) measure this criterion by looking at the annual taxable base income a […]

Salary Criteria Highly Skilled Migrants 2023

06 December 2022 – The Netherlands The new highly skilled migrant minimum salary requirements for 2023 are announced now! This is one of our most frequently asked question from clients: how much should we pay our international employee to successfully get their highly skilled migrant permit? It is confirmed that the minimum salary amounts will […]

30% Tax Ruling Salary Criteria for 2022

27 December 2021, The Netherlands – One of the requirements for international employees to be eligible for the 30% tax ruling in the Netherlands is to have certain specific knowledge that is not easily found in the Netherlands itself. The tax authorities (Belastingdienst) measure this criterion by looking at the annual taxable income a new […]

Salary Criteria Highly Skilled Migrants 2022

20 December 2021, The Netherlands – Clients often come to us to ask what salary they must pay their international staff. Often the salary criteria of the new year do not apply to all situations which means that the salary can actually remain the same. Each year the Government increases the income requirements for highly […]

Recognized Sponsorship: What’s The Catch?

4 November 2021, The Netherlands – You work at an international company in The Netherlands and you want to hire international talent on an easy and regular basis. What a great idea it is for your business to become a recognized sponsor! As you may already know, you can get this recognition at the Immigration […]

CoronaCheck App mandatory for going out!

The Netherlands, 24 September – As of 25 September 2021 the Dutch government requires the use of the CoronaCheckApp at various locations. At all restaurants, cafes and clubs, entrepreneurs must check visitors at the door. Control is also becoming the standard in the cultural sector. By performing checks upon entry of for example, cinemas, attraction […]

The HR Dilemma – Relocation Services: In-house or Outsource?

28 July 2021, The Netherlands – We are almost in the final stretch of what could be called the beginning of the post-COVID era and travels being possible again. In this new phase, your company may want to resume the recruitment plans that were put on hold for almost a year. Perhaps even the volume […]

Quarantining Like an Expert: 10 Things To Do

The quarantining process can become quite boring and perhaps you ran out of ideas on what else you can do to pass the time. PIRGROUP would like to share 10 fun things you can do while quarantined.   Want to know a little bit of what Amsterdam has to offer? Enjoy a virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum. Have you been […]

Virtual Home Search – Let’s Experience a New Flavour! 

15 April 2021, The Netherlands – Adventure and opportunity – this is what a relocation to a new country often means to many expats. They are eager to discover what kind of cookie this experience will be. The biggest adventure for the majority is housing – some of them picture their new house on the water side with a daily […]

PIRGROUP Corona Updates – Further restrictions

21 January 2021, The Netherlands – A highly contagious mutation of the corona virus has entered The Netherlands. On Wednesday the 20th of January, the minster president of the Netherlands announced that as of upcoming weekend Saturday the 23rd of January they want to implement a curfew between 9PM until 4.30AM. Similar measures are already […]

Salary Criteria Highly Skilled Migrants 2021

2 December 2020, The Netherlands – Each year the IND increases the income requirements for highly skilled migrants. What kind of impact does this have for you as an expat or for you as an employer? In the year 2020, a Highly Skilled Migrant or Intra-Corporate Transferee of 30 years or older had to have […]

Travel Ban: Latest Status on Partial Lifting

1 December 2020, The Netherlands – In this post we would like to give an update regarding the travel restrictions related to Covid-19. Most international professionals would fall under an exempted subcategory, which means that they can still travel and perform their employment in The Netherlands. With the table below, we created a tool to […]

Brexit: Are You Ready?

1 December 2020, The Netherlands – There is currently a transitional period, which means that in principle all UK nationals in The Netherlands are still regarded as EU citizens until the end of December 2020, including those who enter the country this year as new employees. However, for UK nationals to remain working and residing in […]

Introducing the New Owners of PIRGROUP!

The year 2020 – a year no one will forget, a year of shift in gears, movement of tides and change of direction. For PIRGROUP this cannot be more than true – 2020 has really been a year of changes: In early January, PIRGROUP acquired Personal Relocation B.V. – one of the first relocation companies […]

30 September 2020 – PIRGROUP COVID-19 Policy

COVID-19 Policy for Customers, Clients, Transferees and their Families This policy includes the measures we are actively taking in The Netherlands in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect you, your family as well as our consultants. You are kindly requested to follow all rules diligently, to sustain a healthy and safe partnership […]

Travel Ban Lifting: All Highly Skilled Migrants Can Come to The Netherlands

20 July 2020 – While the Travel ban to the EU was in place, many exempted categories were still allowed to travel to The Netherlands. These were primarily those with an MVV, EU citizens, holders of residence permit card from another EU country and family members of both categories (see the full list of exemptions […]

PIRGROUP welcomes Iveta Berkolde as Managing Partner!

PIRGROUP Latvia, responsible for the Baltic, CEE and CIS countries is happy to announce the return of Iveta Berkolde as a Managing Partner! Iveta has more than 12 years of experience in the Global Mobility Industry, big part of which was spent on building up and developing PIRGROUP. After a few years of being away, […]

5 June 2020 – PIRGROUP Corona update Latvia

On June 3 the Latvian cabinet decided to cancel the mandatory quarantine period of 14 days upon arrival for travellers from most European countries, effective immediately. The rules are based on epidemiological data, applying to countries where the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases is below 15 per 100,000 inhabitants through the past two weeks. Prime […]

COVID-19 – International Travel Updates for Expats

In this post we would like to inform about the latest updates about the measures from the Dutch authorities. International travel updates The travel ban for travelling to The Netherlands (but also to The United Kingdom or other EU/Schengen countries) has been extended until the 1st of July 2020. As mentioned in our previous post, […]

15 April 2020 – PIRGROUP Corona updates

Last week on the 8th of April, the European Commission invited Member States to respond to its proposal on prolonging the travel ban that was introduced on the 19th of March for 30 days. Reason for the proposed extension is to further prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Based on today’s information from the Dutch […]

3 April 2020 – PIRGROUP Corona updates

Last Tuesday, the Dutch Government announced that due to the coronavirus situation all current measures will be extended until the 28th of April. Today we also received new updates from the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) about the measures. In this post we would like to inform how this new final date also extends other […]

27 March 2020 – PIRGROUP Corona updates

Today we received new updates from the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) about the measures due to the coronavirus situation. In this post we would like to sum up the most important changes. International travel changes Issuance of MVV entry visa – Dutch embassies will still not issue these visas sooner than the 6th of April […]

IMMIGRATION – Indian assignees and The Netherlands

19 MARCH 2020 – As you may know, due to the coronavirus spread India closed its borders until the 31st of March to anyone coming from an EU country, the UK or Turkey. Unfortunately, this entry ban applies to Indian passport holders as well and many international flights to India are cancelled as of the […]

17 March 2020 – PIRGROUP Corona Updates

New measures to stop spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands For PIRGROUP, the health and safety of employees, assignees, customers and partners is of predominant importance. As such, we are closely monitoring developments regarding the coronavirus, taking precautionary measures as needed, in accordance with general guidelines and instructions from the Dutch National Institute for Public […]

PIRGROUP Coronavirus Measures in Baltic States and Kazakhstan

CORONAVIRUS: announced measures in Kazakhstan The Government of Kazakhstan implemented special preventive measures due to the coronavirus pandemic in the world. On March 13 entry to Kazakhstan is prohibited from China, South Korea, Iran and Italy (countries from the first category A) and also from countries of the first category of group B: Germany, Spain, […]

Posted Workers: EU notification

The Posted Workers Directive has been amended and comes with new rules for posted workers. If you are a foreign employer based in an EU/EEA country (or Switzerland) or if you have a client who is a foreign employer, these new rules apply to you. As of the 1st of March 2020 the foreign employer […]

Coronavirus: PIRGROUP statement

Dear all, The worldwide spreading of the corona virus (covid-19) is raising many questions and especially how this will affect the global mobility industry. Hundreds of corona virus contagions have been reported in The Netherlands so far. The World Health Organization has recently considered the spreading virus as a pandemic. More and more Dutch companies […]

February 2020: New rules for Schengen Visa applications

As of February 2, 2020, new rules will be in force if you apply for a Schengen visa. The changes in the rules for the Schengen visa result from new EU legislation. Most important changes: Earlier moment for submitting applications: You can apply for your Schengen visa as of 6 months before your planned travel […]


We are very happy and pleased with the acquisition of Personal Relocation B.V. as of January 1, 2020! Personal Relocation B.V. (Personal Relocation) and Partners in Relocation Group (PIRGROUP) have joined forces – combining tradition, knowledge, experience and expertise with innovation and a modern approach in serving their clients. Personal Relocation was established in 1997, […]

Increase salary criteria for 2020

Each year the IND increases the income requirements for highly skilled migrants. What kind of impact does this have for you as an expat or for you as an employer? In the year 2019, a Highly Skilled Migrant or Intra-Corporate Transferee of 30 years or older had to have a gross income of €4,500 per […]

Management change at PIRGROUP’s office in Latvia

PIRGROUP, sia  active in the  CEE and CIS countries is about to see some changes.  We regret to inform you that  effective March 31, 2019 our General Manager Mrs. Ligita Tetere, is leaving our company. Ligita was the face of our company at many occasions and has been the  example of excellence. We cannot be […]

A welcome gift for our expats!

We are very excited to announce that we just received our new welcome books to share with all expats arriving in the PIRGROUP destinations. PIRGROUP strongly believes in sustainability therefore our new books are made from bamboo and for each notebook, a tree is planted. All of us and our clients will benefit from re-using […]

IamExpat Fair in Amsterdam

On the 6th of April the IamExpat Fair will take place in Amsterdam. This is a great opportunity for expats to hear about very interesting topics, such as: job interview in the Netherlands, buying a house, Dutch educational system, Dutch income tax and much more! The event is for free and you need to make […]

Brexit and UK nationals in the Netherlands

The IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) has published an informative infographic about Brexit and the temporary residence permit in the Netherlands. You can find the infographic below. In case of questions, please contact one of our consultants at

Expats need to be aware of scammers in the Netherlands!

Expats in the Netherlands are being conned out of cash by people that pretend to be working at the Immigration authorities (IND). The scammers often use official governmental phone numbers to call the newcomers and they are also in possession of their personal information, i.e, passport number, entry date, etc. They usually tell to the […]

Brexit implications in Latvia

With the Brexit deadline approaching, UK citizens and their family members are wondering what will happen with their rights to reside, study and work in Latvia. If the UK Parliament approves the Withdraw Agreement, those rights will be safeguard for all citizens, both in the EU countries and in the UK. However, this might differ […]

Transition period for UK citizens in the Netherlands

The Dutch government has decided that UK citizens and their family-members who are legally residing in the Netherlands will be able to continue living in the Netherlands after the 29th March 2019 for 15 months in case of a no-deal Brexit. This decision will also be valid for family-members with an non-EU nationality. The IND will […]

The Dutch government has implemented changes on the 30% ruling facility

The already announced changes on the 30% ruling facility took place on the 1st of January 2019. The maximum duration of all new applications is of 5 years. The government also introduced a transition plan, which separates applications by its end date: Applications with an end date in 2019 or 2020 will keep the already-agreed […]

Increase on the income requirements for Knowledge Migrants

Every year the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) increases the income requirements for Knowledge Migrants and EU Blue card holders. From the 1st of January of 2019 the new salary requirement will apply for new applications as following: Knowledge migrants from 30 years of age: € 4.500. Knowledge migrants under 30 years of […]

Increase on IND fees

The IND has announced an increase on its fees for naturalisation and option from the 1st of January of 2019. Please find the new fees here.

Part-time jobs for students outside the EU/EEA

The maximum hours that a student from outside the EU/EEA may work have increased for a maximum of 16 hours per week. Please note that the condition to choose between part-time throughout the year or full time during the summer months (June, July and August) still applies.

Croatians are not required to have a work permit anymore

Since 1st of July 2018, Croatians are allowed to work in the Netherlands without a work permit. Employers wishing to hire a Croatian national will only need to require a valid document of identification. No immigration procedure is needed.  

Adjustment of IND’s fees

From 3rd of May 2018, the IND reduced its fees for a number of residence permits. No rates will be increased. Application New fees per 3 of May 2018 Highly-skilled migrant € 582 EU Blue Card holder € 661 Intra Corporate Transferee € 582 Work and residence permit extensions € 355 Stay with a family […]