Recognised sponsors

Businesses in the Netherlands need to acquire the status of recognised sponsor if they want to be able to hire employees from abroad as highly skilled migrants. Highly skilled migrants can follow a simplified procedure for acquiring work and residence permits.

New fees

As of 1 January 2017, the administration fee for becoming a recognised sponsor will be reduced from €5,183 to €2,592 for small businesses and startups with fewer than 50 employees – 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.

International talent in the Netherlands

The policy change is part of a continued effort to attract international talent to the Netherlands. Other measures to the end of this goal are the implementation of the startup permit for entrepreneurs and the orientation year permit for recent graduates.