Work permit requirements for Japanese nationals

For Japanese nationals living in or planning to move to the Netherlands, it's good to know that the rules regarding work permits are set to change in a few months. As of 1 January 2017, Japanese nationals will no longer be exempt from the requirement for a work permit in the Netherlands, and employers of Japanese citizens in the Netherlands will need to apply for a single permit that combines both residence and work permits.

As such, employers of Japanese nationals will once again have to act as a sponsor, obtaining a work permit on the citizen’s behalf before they can be granted a Dutch residence permit. This policy change annuls an exemption for Japanese citizens that was put in place in February 2015.

Those Japanese nationals who already have a valid Dutch residence permit with the employment status ‘work freely allowed, work permit not required’ will not be immediately affected, as the policy change will come into effect with a transitional period. However, before their current residence can be renewed, their employer must apply for a work permit on their behalf.

>> Read more about this change of policy

The Mayor of Amsterdam meets with the British community

In July, British residents of Amsterdam were invited to a meeting with Mayor Eberhard van der Laan to discuss their concerns regarding the so-called Brexit decision.

Approximately 15,000 British citizens call Amsterdam home. The recent referendum on EU secession has resulted in feelings of uncertainty as to what the results will mean for British citizens living in other EU nations. In order to offer some clarity and reassurance, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan reiterated his view of Amsterdam as a city that welcomes internationals and addressed concerns regarding immigration, residence, employment, family and social issues.

You can read a summary of the questions and issues discussed at the meeting in the report linked below.

>> Read the Brexit Meeting Report

>> Learn more about the Expatcenter's Brexit Information Point

Tuberculosis screenings for Expatcenter clients

Dependent on nationality, some highly skilled migrant must be prepared to undergo a tuberculosis test, and potentially be treated for tuberculosis, before a Dutch residence permit can be granted. However, this step can be postponed if the applying expat or their representative completes a ‘Declaration of Intent for a Tuberculosis Test’. If all other paperwork is in place, the residence permit may be granted with the provisor that a tuberculosis test must take place within three months.

In such cases, the tuberculosis test takes place at the offices of the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD), in the east of the city. Walk-in clinics take place on Mondays and Tuesdays between 13:00 and 15:00. However, highly skilled migrants referred directly by the Expatcenter can also make a specific appointment on Thursdays, between 13:00 and 15:00.

>> Learn more about the tuberculosis tests and appointments for Expatcenter clients

SMEs to pay less to hire international talent

In recent newsletters we’ve provided updates on the efforts to attract and retain talent in the Netherlands, such as the implementation of the Startup permit and orientation year permit (mentioned below). In line with this, we’re very happy to announce that the Ministry of Security and Justice has confirmed that as of 1 January 2017, the administration fees paid by some businesses to become a recognised sponsor will decrease.

As of this date, for small businesses and startups with fewer than 50 employees, the fee will be reduced from €5,183 to €2,592 – a saving of €2,591. This policy change not only makes it easier but also more appealing for small businesses and startups to become a recognised sponsor and actively reach out to international talent.

>> Read more about the reduction in fees for small businesses and startups

Getting to know the orientation year permit

As summer draws to a close and graduating students take receipt of their new diplomas, it's the ideal time to get reacquainted with the ‘Orientation Year for Highly Educated Persons’ permit.

This measure aims to retain foreign talent for the Dutch labour market, allowing recent bachelor’s and master’s graduates (both from Dutch and designated international universities) to search for work in the Netherlands for up to a year with a special Orientation Year work and residence permit.The scheme therefore offers great opportunities for companies looking to hire international talent.

As part of the scheme, these graduates can be hired as highly skilled migrants with a lower-than-usual minimum salary requirement. What’s more, the international graduates can apply for this special work and residence permit up to three years after their graduation.

>> Tap into international talent with the orientation year permit

A helping hand for new expats in Diemen

We are delighted to announce that Expatcenter Amsterdam and the municipality of Diemen recently signed a cooperation document. It sees Diemen joining Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Haarlem, Haarlemmermeer, Hilversum and Velsen as an official partner in our expanding initiative to simplify procedures for expats throughout the region.

This is fantastic news for highly skilled migrants and EU citizens choosing Diemen as their base, as they will now be able to make full use of the Expatcenter’s customer-oriented services for residence permits and registration.

>> Learn more about the cooperation between the Expatcenter and Diemen

Sign up for the ‘I Am Not a Tourist’ Expat Fair & Job Fair for Internationals

Expatica’s annual expat event returns to the city in just a few weeks, taking place at the Beurs van Berlage on 2 October 2016. This year their renowned ‘I Am Not a Tourist’ Expat Fair and Job Fair for Internationals coincide, covering all aspects of expat life in the city! As such, it's a great time to remind your colleagues and contacts about the event, or to perhaps even host a booth for your own company.

The ‘I Am Not a Tourist’ Expat Fair focuses on lifestyle and community-related resources with an enormous list of service providers available to meet. Those new to the Netherlands will benefit from the comprehensive range of services, conveniently housed together under one roof.

The Job Fair for Internationals offers expats the exclusive opportunity to discover more about multilingual employment opportunities in Amsterdam, as well any vacancies that are currently open. Visitors to this fair can also set up an online profile and CV on the Job Fair's website – which can be viewed by companies attending the event – as well as having access to the job and career-focused presentations taking place throughout the day.

Make the most of both fairs by booking tickets directly via Expatica. Tickets for the Expat Fair are free and can be booked here. Tickets for the Job Fair cost €12.50 if booked via this link (please note, the price increases to €17.50 if paying at the door).

>> Learn more about the ‘I Am Not a Tourist’ Expat Fair & Job Fair for Internationals

>> Book tickets directly from Expatica