Collaborative agreement

Kajsa Ollongren and Joyce Langenacker, Alderpersons for Economic Affairs in Amsterdam and Haarlem respectively, have signed a collaborative agreement between the Expatcenter Amsterdam Area and the City of Haarlem. This agreement represents a significant new step towards extending the regional provision of Expatcenter services to international companies and in doing so, further strengthening the business climate throughout the region. The new agreement sees Haarlem join ranks with Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Haarlemmermeer, Almere, Velsen and Hilversum.

Haarlem: an inspiring home for highly skilled migrants and international business

The Expatcenter is extremely proud to announce this new collaborative agreement, expanding its services to highly skilled migrants in an important municipality. Haarlem is the second-largest city in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, is the capital of the province of Noord-Holland, and, as a city with a vast amount of history and culture, it is naturally a very attractive home to internationally-minded businesses and highly skilled migrants.

For example, companies in the Life Sciences sector are flourishing here, while creative, advertising and gaming companies are drawn to the picturesque city centre. What’s more, due to the relatively short commute, Haarlem is an immensely popular residential area for highly skilled migrants working in Amsterdam or nearby business centres. At the same time, it offers a wealth of cultural commodities and leisure activities (such as the beach, national parks and lakes) right on the doorstep.

Simplifying procedures

The Expatcenter has become synonymous with simplifying procedures for companies hiring international staff and their highly skilled migrants. Over the past six years, a growing number of companies have utilised its services to process residence permits and to aid the registration of foreign employees. Other major service improvements introduced by the Expatcenter include simplified procedures for migrants and scientific researchers; new registration procedures for short stay migrants; the phasing-in of biometric scanning technology to bolster security; and strengthened partnerships with the Dutch Tax Office (Belastingdienst) and IND.