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News

The Expatcenter is 5 years old today!

Today it’s exactly five years since the Expatcenter opened its doors to companies and their international employees in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. To celebrate the Expatcenter’s 5th anniversary, we have teamed up with our partners (the City of Amsterdam Economic Affairs Department, amsterdam inbusiness and the Amsterdam Economic Board) to organise a Business Get-together aboard the Clipper Stad Amsterdam (docked on the NDSM Wharf). The event will take place on Friday, 6 September 2013, 17:00 - 19:00. Mark it in your diary!

The founding aim of the Expatcenter was to provide a better service to expats, in part by speeding up procedures. One of the major benefits of the Expatcenter at the time was that it enabled a combined application to be made for a provisional residence permit (MVV) and regular residence permit (VVR) while the highly skilled migrant was still abroad. And now, effective as of 1 June 2013, the Modern Migration Policy Act (MoMi) has adopted this exact procedure as the national standard for all migrant employees. Under the Modern Migration Policy Act, this ‘new’ application is referred to as Access and Residence (Toegang en Verblijf, TEV).

At the Expatcenter we’re obviously proud that our procedure has been adopted for the Modern Migration Policy. Attracting international talent is key to the economic growth of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, and it remains important that we assist this group of people in the best way possible. It is the Expatcenter’s duty and pleasure to continuously strive to improve the service offered to international companies and their employees.

The Modern Migration Policy Act: what does it mean?

More trust in the market, shorter procedures.
Besides the introduction of the Access and Residence procedure, the most important change under the Modern Migration Policy Act is the shift in responsibility. Instead of assessing every individual application before approval, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will now check those submitted by official sponsors (companies and institutions) solely by retrospective sampling.

This enables the IND to do its job more quickly, and because the application is submitted while the migrant is still abroad (also possible for migrants who do not require an MVV), the highly skilled migrant can start working immediately after collecting their residence permit from the IND.

Modern Migration Policy Act: what does it mean for the Expatcenter procedure?

Because we already largely worked according to the procedures laid out in the Modern Migration Policy Act, not much will change. However, the introduction of the Access and Residence (TEV) procedure does mean that the existing Expatcenter procedure and related forms are now superseded. Attached you will find the new application form for the purpose of staying ‘to work as a highly skilled migrant’. We regret that this is currently only available in Dutch on the IND website. The English version will be available soon.

Points to note on the form and new procedure under the Modern Migration Policy Act

  • There is no longer an option to choose either a two-stop or one-stop procedure. Whether the procedure is one-stop or two-stop now depends solely on whether you have attached a usable photo card with the application.
  • In the event of a two-stop, an early approval will no longer be issued. Instead, the IND will add a VA sticker to the highly skilled migrant’s passport allowing them to start work immediately.
  • Pay attention to the new statutory periods for MVV issuance, and arrival in the country following MVV issuance.
    You must enter the expected arrival date in section 7 of the form. Note: this date will become the commencement date of the residence permit. If the arrival date is unknown and you leave it blank, then the commencement date of the residence permit will be the MVV issuance date plus one day.
  • In section 9 you must select the location where your employee will collect the residence permit. A distinction is made between IND offices and Expatcenters. If you wish to combine the residence permit issuance with registration in the municipality of residence (the other major benefit of the Expatcenter), tick the box beside Expatcenter Amsterdam. As soon as we are notified by the IND, we will contact you as usual to arrange an appointment.

Appointments for EU citizens

For those requiring an EU sticker in their passport, the IND now requires information about the person who is to receive the sticker, prior to the appointment. This means that the Expatcenter can no longer plan appointments for EU citizens unless we first have this data. The online appointment form has been modified accordingly. The following information is required:

  • Company name (take care to supply correct name, division, etc.)
  • Given name and family name
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Country of birth

National Visa Act in force from 1 June 2013

The National Visa Act (also known as the MVV Act) came into force concurrently with the Modern Migration Policy Act. EU regulations govern the granting of short stay visas (for stays less than 3 months). The National Visa Act addresses several new elements pertaining to applications for provisional residence permits.

As such, a maximum period of 90 days (previously 6 months) to reach a decision regarding a provisional residence permit application is now decreed by law. However, the IND does retain the authority to extend this period by an additional 90 days. Lengthier appeal procedures also apply if a provisional residence permit application is rejected.

Other significant changes include the following:

  • The provisional residence permit is valid for a maximum of 3 months after issue (previously 6 months).
  • A provisional residence permit application may be rejected if there is evidence of past fraudulent activity.
  • A provisional residence permit application may be rejected if the applicant previously stayed in the country illegally. This does not apply to cases of family reunification.

A decision regarding a new residence permit or changes to an existing residence permit need to be made within 30 days (previously 6 months).

Events

Seminar Bridging the gap between business and local universities, 24 June

The availability of talent is a key factor when companies choose where to locate their operations. Fortunately, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has much to offer. Many professionals from the Netherlands and all corners of the world live and work here. Moreover, this is an area where future talent is nurtured, where young people – both Dutch and internationals – study at internationally renowned educational institutions. To help ease the challenge of attracting top talent to your company, amsterdam inbusiness is working to bridge the gap between international companies and local universities.

Together with prominent regional knowledge institutes (University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences (HvA) and Inholland University of Applied Sciences), amsterdam inbusiness invites you to a seminar at the World Trade Center Amsterdam on Monday, 24 June, from 17:00 to 19:30.

Our seminar aims to:

  • Provide information about internships, joint and/or graduate research projects and other opportunities for direct cooperation with universities
  • Build links between international companies and university representatives dedicated to connecting businesses with their programmes and students.

Want to bridge the gap between your business and local universities? Then mark the evening of Monday, 24 June in your calendar! To register, please contact [email protected] without delay, as places are limited. We will then contact you directly to confirm your registration, and ask if there are specific topics you would like us to address.

International job fair, 14 September

Although hard to imagine in the current economic climate, the shortage of skilled and highly-educated workers is expected to grow in the coming years. This event is ideal for local and international organisations in the nine ‘top industries’ defined by the Dutch government as well as recruitment agencies, universities, career coaches, immigration and relocation service providers, and other organisations that target international job seekers.

Through a coordinated marketing campaign in print and online, Expatica will bring hundreds of expatriates and international candidates to you at this fair, where you will be able to showcase your organisation, boost brand awareness and recruit new employees!