A streamlined process
Utilizing the Expatcenter services begins with the completion of the appropriate application form from the IND website. On the form, the employer indicates that he would like to use the Expatcenter’s services and sends the completed form to the IND. Approximately four weeks later, the highly-skilled migrant can visit the Expatcenter to collect his or her residence permit and register with the municipality (BRP).
Click here for downloading the Expatcenter's corporate brochure, which details the Expatcenter's services for employers. For a full description of the procedure application steps please see How to Apply. Please note that service fees may apply.
Advantages of the Expatcenter
By submitting one single form, the employer can initiate the necessary official procedures while the employee is still abroad, and schedule an appointment with the Expatcenter for their arrival. Once the employee is in the Netherlands, all documents will be in place, allowing the employee to start work immediately after their visit to the Expatcenter.
Service for EU citizens
EU citizens who have a work contract with a company that is an officially recognized sponsor by the IND can visit the Expatcenter for their municipal registration.
As a result of the municipal registration, expats will receive their citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, CSN) during their appointment. Expats registering with the municipalities of Almere and Haarlemmermeer will receive their BSN in two days by e-mail.
Early residence stamp
The Expatcenter offers the possibility of an early approval for work . With this early approval, highly-skilled migrants are able to start working within two weeks after the IND has received their application. Once the IND has made a decision on the application, an early residence stamp can be issued at the Expatcenter (in the employee’s passport). This service requires that the employee visit the Expatcenter twice, however, the second visit is simply for the issuance of the residence card.
Residence permit extensions for highly skilled migrants and researchers
Highly skilled migrants and scientific researchers that have applied for an extension of their residence permit can collect their extended residence permit at one of the Expatcenter branches.
Residence permits for recent graduates
Recent graduates from Dutch colleges and universities and academics from abroad that have successfully applied for an Orientation Year permit, which allows graduates to search for employment in the Netherlands for up to a year, can collect their permit at an Expatcenter.
Biometric data services
Highly skilled migrants, researchers and recent graduates applying for an Orientation Year permit can now deliver the required biometric photographs and fingerprints at an Expatcenter. The IND is present at eight Expatcenters, in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Groningen, Wageningen and Enschede.
Information for your expat employees
Expatriate employees can also visit the Expatcenter for help with other government and expat-related issues, such as parking, taxes, healthcare, education and much more. The Expatcenter staff is ready and able to answer questions, provide information and offer advice on a wide range of topics. Furthermore, a wealth of information is also available throughout the Living section of this website, with detailed information on topics like applying for a residence permit and finding a job, childcare or place to live.
Information for spouses and partners of expats
If an international has taken up employment in the Netherlands, it's vitally important for their spouse or partner to feel just as happy and settled in their new country. That's why the Expatcenter offers a support service for accompanying partners of international workers, helping them to find employment, settle into Dutch life and access family support information. Find out more about the services offered for accompanying partners.