The following corporate newsletter was published April 2013 by the Expatcenter Amsterdam. Subscribe to the Expatcenter's Corporate/HR newsletter.


Modern Migration Policy Act comes into effect on 1 June 2013

The Modern Migration Policy Act (Wet Modern Migratiebeleid) will be introduced on 1 June 2013. This means that many new migrants will need to have a sponsor in the Netherlands and that sponsors and migrants have statutory obligations under the Modern Migration Policy Act. It concerns, among other things, the obligation to provide the government with correct information and to keep records. Apart from obligations, the act also means that from now on, sponsors can submit an application for a residence permit on behalf of the potential migrant.

A major advantage of this act is that the application procedure in order to be allowed entry into the Netherlands (the regular provisional residence permit) and the application procedure for being allowed to stay in the Netherlands for a longer period of time (the residence permit) are combined into a single procedure. As a result, migrants or their sponsor need only submit a single application. Read more.

The Expatcenter is proud that the single procedure way of working is being adopted by other organisations working for migrants. The supply of highly skilled migrants is essential for the economy of the Netherlands and high quality assistance helps to attract these talents. Building towards the future, the Expatcenter feels it is its obligation to find new ways to improve the services aimed at new internationals.

Introduction of Expatcenter Amsterdam service fees

As of 1 April 2013, the Expatcenter Amsterdam began charging service fees for its dedicated highly skilled migrant services.

In 2013 the Expatcenter Amsterdam celebrates its fifth anniversary. The formation of the Expatcenter Amsterdam has proved to be a great success and we are delighted that we have been able to assist such a large number of highly skilled migrants upon their arrival in the Netherlands.

Each year the number of highly skilled migrants and companies using our services has increased by more than 10%. As such, it was decided by the Steering Committee of the Expatcenter Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and the Mayor & College of Alderpersons of the City of Amsterdam that to accommodate the growth in demand for our services and to maintain our high service quality, it is necessary to charge a fee for these services.

Using the services of the Expatcenter is not mandatory. Services of the constituting partners of the Expatcenter (IND, GBA and Belastingdienst) at their respective office locations can still be obtained at unchanged costs. Only the use of the combined, personal and expedient service of the Expatcenter will carry an expense. Read more.

Milestone: 20,000 visitors at the Expatcenter

Since the opening of the Expatcenter in 2008, over 20,000 highly skilled migrants and their families have made use of the services of the Expatcenter. Now in its fifth year, the Expatcenter is busier than ever, supporting more than 25 people per day.

Multicultural football festival

The international football World Cup may only take place every four years, but Amsterdam’s annual WK Nederland (World Cup Netherlands) football tournament is a celebration of the multicultural diversity of the city. The population of Amsterdam includes representatives from 180 nationalities and all are welcome to form teams to compete in this sporting tournament or participate in the festivities surrounding it.

The gathering returns to Sportpark Middenmeer, in the east of Amsterdam, on the weekend of 8 and 9 June. Teams representing 50 nationalities will be present in this amateur tournament, which embraces young and old, male and female. Alongside the sporting activities, there’s food from around the world and a host of live performances and entertainment – including a band travelling from Mexico for the occasion.

For both the local authorities and business community, this multicultural festival has the potential to reach a very diverse audience and to support the unique social make-up of Amsterdam. For example, in 2012 the company Fugro Survey partnered with the teams representing Angola and Nigeria, and there is great potential for businesses to collaborate positively in a number of ways. As such, members of the business community are invited to visit the festival, and are more than welcome to make use of the special guest tents for their staff and business partners. Interested parties can email [email protected] or telephone WK Nederland director Vadym Zellner at 020-468 7999 / 06 2930 9849.

More news


Acquiring the right international staff, 22 April

VNO NCW is organising a seminar about attracting and keeping the right staff from abroad, as well as how to find the right Dutch people who wish to work for an international company.
Date: Monday, 22 April 2013
Time: 16.00-19.00
Location: Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam, Grasweg 31, 1013 HW Amsterdam
To register, please send an email to: [email protected]

Mini Event Language, 23 April

The upcoming Mini Event, organised for expats by the Expatcenter, is about learning the Dutch language. During the event, experts will touch on topics including how to learn a language; Business Dutch and Conversational Dutch; and pronunciation. Most topics will also have a fun connection to learning about Dutch culture. Attending partners include Nedles, UvA talen, Regina Coeli, Talencoach and INTT of the UvA.

Date: Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Time: 18.00-19.30, followed by drinks/snacks and networking until 20.15

Location: WTC Amsterdam, Tower D, 12th floor, Strawinskylaan 39, 1077 XW Amsterdam


30% Ruling application

The Expatcenter is delighted to announce a further collaboration with the Belastingdienst in regards to the 30% reimbursement ruling (30% Ruling). New applicants for the 30% Ruling will now be able to make use of an official Belastingdienst form that is published in English.

Birth and marriage certificates

As of now, birth and marriage certificates can be delivered to the Expatcenter by appointment. Previously this was only possible at local government offices.

Handy confirmation letters by email

The Expatcenter is now using new electronic confirmation letters for scheduled appointments. The new email letters will be sent promptly after an appointment is scheduled. Previously the Expatcenter only sent confirmation letters to clients from outside the EU, but from now on everyone will receive this service.

Upcoming Expatcenter holidays

Tuesday, 30 April - Queen’s Day
Wednesday, 1 May - Labour Day
Thursday-Friday 9-10 May - Ascension Day
Monday, 20 May - Pentecost
Thursday, 28 June - closed only in the afternoon