Great advantages for employers of international graduates

The Orientation Year scheme is a measure aiming to retain foreign talent for the Dutch labour market. It allows recent bachelor’s and master’s graduates to search for work in the Netherlands for up to a year with a special 'Orientation Year’ work and residence permit and therefore offers great opportunities for companies looking to hire international talent.

As part of the scheme, these graduates – smart internationals who usually have already been in the Netherlands for a while, are well-integrated and often speak Dutch as well as English – can be hired as highly skilled migrants with the lower-than-usual minimum salary requirement of €2201.

The universities and the Expatcenter are promoting the scheme among international students, and it will also be an important topic at ITEA 2016.

Support and advice for spouses of highly skilled migrants

The Expatcenter offers information and helpful advice for the partners and families of international workers in the Netherlands. Moving to a new country, while exciting, is never without its challenges – and when the move is motivated by one’s partner's career rather than one’s own, there can be many factors to overcome. For families moving to the Netherlands, it's crucial that all members of the family feel happy and settled in their new country.

The Expatcenter Amsterdam is more than familiar with the hurdles facing spouses or partners accompanying their partners on their move to Amsterdam, and it is there to offer support, advice and guidance at every step of the way.
>> Find more information for partners and families of international workers in the Netherlands

MVV amendment simplifies procedures for start-up permit applicants

On 1 October 2015, a significant amendment was made to the start-up visa process. Start-up entrepreneurs no longer need to apply for and collect a provisional residence permit (MVV) from the Dutch representative of their country of residence before they can submit their application for the startup permit and collect the permit in the Netherlands. This change makes it much easier to start up a business, saving entrepreneurs a great deal of time and money. >> Read more

Further MVV exemptions

The government is constantly striving to simplify admission of talented migrants. In addition to the amendment described above, another MVV amendment has come into force, which exempts two other groups from having to apply for and collect an MVV (provisional residence permit).

In addition to start-up entrepreneurs, the following groups of migrants are exempt from the MVV requirement:

  • highly skilled migrants, scientific researchers and students (plus their family members), who apply for a residence permit through a recognised sponsor and who hold a valid residence permit (corresponding to a Dutch residence permit) from a country that has fully implemented the Schengen agreement.
  • non EU/EEA nationals who apply for a residence permit through a recognised sponsor, who hold a valid residence permit issued by another EU member state and who provide services across borders, if they provide services in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days.

These groups do not have to hold a valid MVV prior to entering the Netherlands. As a result of these exemptions, the duration in which a member of the above groups can acquire a residence permit is shortened by several weeks. Previously, the sponsor needed to first apply for an MVV on behalf of the applicant, who then had to collect the MVV in their country of residence before entering the Netherlands. Now the sponsor can directly apply for a residence permit at the IND on behalf of the applicant.

Our customer satisfaction survey

The Expatcenter Amsterdam Area is continuously striving for the highest level of service. Therefore, we would like to learn more about what you think of our services and what we can improve on. Following our surveys in 2011 and 2013, we are currently conducting our third customer satisfaction survey, which will close on 12 November. If you have already participated, we would like to thank you for your cooperation! If you haven’t taken part yet, we kindly invite you to participate to help us improve our services. Your opinion is important to us! As the survey is not anonymous, we can’t provide a general link to the survey – please use the link in the email that you received. Thank you very much for your cooperation!

Busy times at the Expatcenter

In our last newsletter we mentioned that the Expatcenter was extremely busy in the summer months, and despite our recent expansion, this has not subsided in October. As a result, we have not always been able to meet the increased demand by scheduling appointments within the requested timeframe. The account management team in our back office has worked very hard to meet everyone’s requirements as far as possible. We realise that we haven’t always been entirely successful at this. However, we are now observing that we have been getting less busy, and we are also planning a further expansion for early 2016 so that we will be able to handle all appointments within a reasonable timeframe in the next year. Until then, we would like to thank you for your understanding these past few months.

Amsterdam to seek new talent at the European Digital Jobs Fair in Madrid

Amsterdam’s start-up scene is expanding rapidly, so now the city and its leading tech employers are heading to Madrid to bring in even more new talent. On 20 November, representatives from the City of Amsterdam as well as many of the region’s leading tech employers will be heading to the European Digital Jobs Fair in Madrid in search of highly-skilled employees for Amsterdam’s growing tech ecosystem. >> More information

Holiday opening times

The Expatcenter will be closed on the following days:

  • 24 December – Christmas Eve
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 31 December – New Year’s Eve
  • 1 January – New Year’s Day

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