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The Netherlands offering a international workforce

The Netherlands has one of the most internationally focused, highly educated, motivated and multilingual workforces in the world, and the demand for highly skilled workers remains high. There are incentives for international employees such as a tax benefit scheme (30 percent tax ruling) and a fast-track highly skilled migrants programme.

As a Dutch employer, how can I hire a highly skilled migrant?

You can only bring a highly skilled migrant to the Netherlands if you are a recognised sponsor.
Rights and obligations of sponsors

As a recognised sponsor, you have rights and obligations. For instance, you can make use of the fast-track procedure and declaration forms. You must select highly skilled foreign nationals who meet specific conditions for admission to and residence in the Netherlands. You also provide potential candidates with information about these conditions.

Applying for recognition as a sponsor

To apply to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for recognition as a sponsor, use the application form for recognition as a sponsor.

Procedures for highly skilled migrants

As a sponsor, you start the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV) with the IND. The IND investigates whether there are any objections to admission on account of public policy or security. This investigation takes approximately two weeks.

If the investigation has a positive outcome and the highly skilled migrant meets the other conditions that apply to foreign nationals, the migrant will be able to obtain an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV) from the Dutch embassy.

They can use the MVV to come to the Netherlands and collect their residence permit from the IND.

If the highly skilled migrant does not require an MVV, you can start the application procedure for the residence permit once the migrant has arrived in the Netherlands.

mr Gabriëlle Rothuizen LL.M.

Corporate Lawyer and legal international immigration services

Tel: +31 20 697 4000


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