Highly Skilled Migrants
This Dutch immigration policy encourages the knowledge economy by allowing companies to recruit highly skilled migrants and apply for combined residence- and work authorisation in an expedited procedure.
European Blue Card
The EU Blue Card facilitates the entry of highly skilled migrants within the EU and aims to support and allow for better working possibilities in other EU countries.
All foreign nationals, with the exception of EU, Swiss and Norwegian nationals, require work authorization to undertake working activities in the Netherlands.
Employees being transferred within a foreign group of companies to the Netherlands on a temporary assignment, can do so under the intracompany transfer procedure.
Foreign nationals, wishing to work independently in the Netherlands, will receive a residence permit provided that their business is of an added value and interest to the Dutch knowledge economy.
European Service Provision Employment
Under the Court ruling “Vander Elst”, the free movement of services within the European Union allows companies, registered in one of the EU members states, to send their non-EU employee on a temporary secondment to work in the Netherlands for a limited period of time.
Work permit waivers
Generally, work authorisation is mandatory, even if the working activities will take place for only for one day. For some limited categories of activities, the work authorisation requirement is waived.
The employer has three main duties and responsibilities derived directly from the Dutch Foreign Employment Act.
Investigations and enforcement actions involving employers and foreign national is the focus of the Labour Inspectorate.
Hélène Jonker writes a bi-weekly immigration law column in a local newspaper. These columns are also featured below.