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Condition for a permanent residence permit: income

​You want to apply for a permant residence permit. One of the conditions for this residence permit is that you have income. On this page you will read the income requirements.

The income requirements are:

  1. You earn an independent income: this is an income for which you have paid taxes and social security contributions.
  2. Your income is sustainable: this means that you receive your income for a longer period.
  3. You have sufficient income: this means that your income is high enough.

The requirements are now explained further.

1. You earn an independent income

An independent income is an income that you earn yourself and for which you have paid taxes and social security contributions. Read if you income is independent.

2. Your income is sustainable

Your income is sustainable if you receive for a longer period. Read the page When is my income sustainable? for more information on the sustainability of your income.

3. You have sufficient income

The amount you have to earn, is called the required amount. The required amount equals 70% of the statutory minimum wage. The statutory minimum wage and the required amount change every 6 months, on 1 January and 1 July. Check the required amount for you. And read how the required amount is calculated for your income.

You may add up different incomes to meet the required income

You can, for example, add up income from different employers. Or a salary in paid employment and profit from your own company. Each income should, however, meet the requirements for that income. All incomes together should at least equal the required amount.

You may count the income of a family member

Do you not have income yourself? Or does you income not meet the requirements? You may count the income of your partner or parent. The following conditions apply:

  • You and your family member live together.
  • Your family member is a Dutch national or has a Dutch residence permit.

Are you showing income together with your family member? Both your incomes should then meet the requirements. This means both incomes should be independent and sustainable. To meet the required amount you can add up the independent and sustainable incomes.

Check for the required income the amounts that are mentioned under 'a family member shows the income or you show the income together'.

Does your income not meet the requirements? Sometimes your application for permanent residence will not be denied

This only applies to the application for a regular permanent residence permit. And not to the status EU long-term resident. You always have to send documents on your income and the income of your family members with your application. But in the following situations a regular permanent residence permit will not be denied when your income does not meet the requirements:

You have a residence permit already for 10 years in a row

You may not have a gap in your residence. A gap in your residence is a period in which you did not have a valid residence permit. Have you also been a Dutch citizen? You can then also cound those years.

You are 18 years or older and you have had a residence permit to stay with your parents

You have not moved your main residence outside the Netherlands. And the family tie with your parents has not been broken within 1 year after you had received the residence permit to stay with your parents. This means that you have not started living on your own. And that you have not started a family of your own by living together or getting married.
Are you a student? And do you live in a dorm? Dan the family tie with your parents still exists.

You are 18 years or older and you were born in the Netherlands

Or you have come to the Netherlands to live here before you became 3 years old. You have not moved your main residence outside the Netherlands.

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What is statutory minimum wage?

The statutory minimum wage is the the lowest amount of salary that an employer should pay you. This is stated in the law.