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Improvement of service: abolition of the requirement for knowledge migrants and scientific researchers to provide their birth certificate

As of 1 January 2014, highly skilled migrants with the official residence status of knowledge migrant or scientific researcher will no longer have to present a copy of their birth certificate when registering in the Municipal Personal Records Database. This policy change represents a move to help satisfy the requirements of the international business community. The Expatcenter is pleased by this significant step towards reducing the administrative burden for this important target group. The requirement to provide this documentation will remain in place for EU nationals.

If the knowledge migrant is married, the marriage must be registered. If the partner is not also staying in the Netherlands, a marriage certificate may still be requested. If the partner is also staying in the Netherlands (or arriving at a later date), a marriage certificate will certainly need to be presented. Travelling children (or those arriving at a later date) always require a birth certificate for registration. This is in line with the requirements set by the IND to obtain a residence permit.

Our account managers can advise which documents are required for registration, as this varies per case. Please note: any change to residency status still requires the submission of official documentation. As employer, you are responsible for reporting all changes.

Improvement of service: BSN for short term assignments soon available via the Expatcenter

We are very pleased to announce that as of 6 January 2014, the Expatcenter will be able to apply for a personal public service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN) for employees on a short term assignment (four months or less). These short stay migrants will be registered in the Registry for Non-Residents (Registratie Niet Ingezetenen, RNI). This register is part of the new Municipal Personal Records Database legislation (Wet Basisregistratie Personen), which comes into force on 6 January 2014. From this day, short stay migrants will no longer be required to request a social security number from the Dutch Tax Office (Belastingdienst), but will instead receive a BSN when registering their residence. There are two locations in Amsterdam where short stay migrants can be entered into the Registry for Non-Residents: the Immigration Department at Amsterdam City Hall and the Expatcenter. Registering via the Expatcenter requires a work permit (for non-EU citizens) and an employment contract (for EU citizens). The service fee to register via the Expatcenter is €50.

Expatcenter to begin working with biometric scanners

In order to help prevent abuse and fraud with residence documents, permits must now include a readable chip, passport photo and two fingerprints. From 1 February, the IND and the Expatcenter will begin working with biometric devices to record and read photos and fingerprints. All employees that require a temporary residence permit (MVV) should visit the embassy or consulate of their home nation to have a photograph taken and their fingerprints recorded. This data will then be sent to the IND so that their residence card can be created. When the highly skilled migrant visits the Expatcenter to collect their card, they will have their fingerprints scanned once more as verification. Applicants who do not require an MVV can have their photo and fingerprints recorded at the Expatcenter. Their card will be available to collect after three working days.

Customer survey results: Expatcenter continues to satisfy corporate and expat clients

Recent research carried out by Customeyes in September 2013 has revealed several key findings for the Expatcenter. The total score of 8.0 for ‘Overall Satisfaction’ is a clear indication that the Expatcenter continues to meet both its corporate and expat clients’ needs and expectations. The research was carried out amongst three segments: corporate clients, intermediaries and expats. In total over 5,000 clients were contacted and 324 individuals responded – allowing for a statistically significant representation.

Across all three segments, positive scores were attributed for feeling welcome, professionalism, expertise, reliability and customer orientation. Points to improve upon included flexibility, proactivity and involvement. Corporate clients and intermediaries ranked their overall satisfaction with the Expatcenter at 8.0, and expats at 8.4. Read more.

General Information

Access to Dutch labour market for workers from Bulgaria and Romania

As of 1 January 2014, citizens of Bulgaria and Romania may freely enter the Dutch labour market. Formerly, employees from these countries required a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning, TVV). For citizens of Croatia, the requirement to possess a valid work permit remains in place. As such, Croatians also require a residence permit and are eligible to use the Expatcenter’s services for Non-EU citizens.

Changes to Employment of Internationals Act as of 1 January 2014

Employees arriving from outside of the EU who are not eligible for knowledge migrant status require a separate work permit (TWV). As of 1 January 2014, this permit will be granted for a maximum term of one year. If the non-EU migrant remains in employment in the Netherlands, a new permit must be applied for after one year. Once an employee from outside of the EU has worked in the Netherlands for five years, they will no longer be required to reapply for a new permit. This period is currently three years. Read more (in Dutch).

Master’s in Media Innovation launches in Hilversum

A first for this renowned Media City (and the greater Randstad region) is the launch of a Master’s degree in Media Innovation in January 2014. Until now there has been no similar offering at this education level. The arrival of the course dovetails with the various initiatives emerging from the Hilversum Media Campus project. This is designed to ensure that local education provisions and the needs of the surrounding business environment connect successfully. The Master’s has been developed and will be operated by the Academy for Digital Entertainment (part of NHTV Breda, an internationally oriented higher education facility).

Web survey of intermediaries (relocation agencies and law firms)

INDIAC, the information and analysis department of the IND, was tasked by the IND to create a fuller picture of the present situation regarding knowledge migrants in the Netherlands. As such, INDIAC is currently busy with the qualitative aspect of the ‘Knowledge Migrant Monitor’. The quantitative analysis was recently published.

We are curious to discover how satisfied our intermediaries (such as relocation agencies and law firms) are with the present regulations regarding highly skilled migrants. This research is being carried out via a web survey. The outcome of this research can positively contribute to the further improvement of these regulations.

The web survey is intended for intermediary organisations that mediate on behalf of companies arranging residence permits for knowledge workers (highly skilled migrant procedure).

If your organisation is part of this target group, we kindly ask for your cooperation in completing the web survey. This will take approximately 15 minutes and your answers will be processed anonymously. The web survey will remain open until 9 January 2014 (it is now closed).

If you have any questions about the web survey or the broader research project, please contact Esther Obradović (scientific researcher at INDIAC) by telephoning +31 (0)70 779 5667 or emailing [email protected] We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation!

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Visit Foam during the holidays! William Klein retrospective exhibition

Foam finishes 2013 with a unique retrospective exhibition of the work of William Klein. The entire museum will be dedicated to the life and work of this legendary photographer, filmmaker and designer.

The career of William Klein (b. 1928) spans more than sixty years. His work had an immense influence on photography during the second half of the twentieth century. The exhibition gives ample coverage to Klein's ground-breaking work in New York in the 1950s while also displaying work made in Rome, Moscow and Tokyo.