Highly skilled migrants (HSM) in the Netherlands are defined by IND as “an employee who works for a recognized sponsor on the basis of a work contract and fulfill specific age, salary and experience requirements.”
Additionally, highly skilled migrants are immigrants from outside the EU (incl. Switzerland) who have permission to work in the Netherlands because of their (scientific), professional, and academic knowledge or skill. This skill or experience, which the foreign professional possesses, is not currently available in the Dutch or European workforce.
Once recognized as a HSM, certain benefits come into play.
For example, you enjoy a special status within Dutch law, which includes not needing a work permit.
To be a HSM (qualify to receive a highly skilled migrant visa) the applicant and the employer must meet a number of prerequisites. These requirements need to be reviewed on an annual basis as they are constantly changing, since the original ruling back in 2004.