Hélène Jonker writes a bi-weekly immigration law column in a local newspaper. These columns are also featured below.

Dutch citizenship and Queen Maxima

After five years of consecutive legal residency in the Netherlands, a Dutch passport may be obtained by naturalization or by opting through the Dutch Immigration Service, the IND. For those nationals who are married or who are in a relationship with a Dutch national, naturalisation is possible after three years. In both instances, the foreign … Lees meer

2016 minimum salary requirements knowledge migrants and 30% ruling

Inbound expatriates must monitor their Dutch immigration- and tax status (on a continuous basis). This article is to illustrate why a combined immigration law and international tax approach to expatriates moving to the Netherlands is so important. Knowledge migrants may often benefit from the 30%-ruling (tax status). Apart from several other (different) conditions, both regimes … Lees meer

Business in the Netherlands

Foreign nationals entering the Netherlands on business, for a total period of 3 months, often do not realise that work authorisation is required. When warned, I often have stubborn reactions: “but I am here for only a few weeks and will only participate in meetings”. As a general rule, I inform my clients (EU/EEA/Swiss nationals … Lees meer

The Knowledge Migrant entering the Netherlands

Various immigration law procedures allow foreign employees to enter, stay and work in the Netherlands. Entry and stay in the Netherlands depend on nationality and duration of stay. Non-visa nationals (e.g. US nationals) can enter with their passport. Visa nationals (e.g. Indian nationals) require an entry visa. For periods of stay exceeding 90 days in … Lees meer