The cities of Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Almere, Diemen, Haarlem, Hilversum, Haarlemmermeer and Velsen, together with the Immigration and Naturalisation Services (IND) and the Tax Office, have joined forces to create IN Amsterdam (formerly 'Expatcenter Amsterdam'). IN Amsterdam, situated in the World Trade Center in Amsterdam-Zuid, provides a one-stop-shop service for highly skilled migrants, international entrepreneurs, scientific researchers and international graduates.
IN Amsterdam provides a one-stop-shop service for international companies and their highly skilled migrant employees. IN Amsterdam is a joint initiative of the cities of Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Almere, Diemen, Haarlem, Hilversum, Haarlemmermeer and Velsen, along with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and the Tax Office.
All companies based in Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Almere, Diemen, Haarlem, Hilversum, Haarlemmermeer and Velsen who are official sponsors or recognised partners of the IND can make use of IN Amsterdam’s streamlined procedures. Further information on the procedure of highly skilled migrants can be found on the IND website.
IN Amsterdam (formerly Expatcenter Amsterdam) was the first of its kind in the Netherlands, and was created to better meet the needs of international companies in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Since its opening in 2008, IN Amsterdam has proved to be very successful with hundreds of international companies making use of the streamlined procedures and more than 45,000 expats (as of January 2016) have visited the office at the WTC for registration.
The collective efforts have paid off; in a 2015 survey, companies ranked IN Amsterdam and the services it provides at 8.6 out of 10. This is a notable improvement from the 5 out of 10 ranking given to the former procedure.
Via the IN Amsterdam procedure employers are allowed to initiate the registration for a residence permit prior to their new employee’s arrival in the country. This allows highly skilled migrants (and their family members) to complete several important formalities in a single visit to the IN Amsterdam office.
Expats are able, in one appointment, to collect their residence permit and simultaneously complete the necessary registration with their municipality. As a result, they will also receive their citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN), allowing them to open a Dutch bank account, amongst other things. An early IND approval (in the form of a sticker) is available for companies who would like their expat employees to start working within two weeks after initiating the application with the IND. As of 2011, applications for the 30% ruling can also be made via IN Amsterdam.
IN Amsterdam also provides services for EU citizens. EU citizens working for a company which has the official sponsor status with the IND can visit the IN Amsterdam office for their municipal registration. EU citizens are also encouraged to register with the IND, stating the purpose of their stay. The registration which occurs by means of a sticker can also be provided at IN Amsterdam. Find more information about IND procedures for EU citizens.
IN Amsterdam is committed to protecting international residents against workplace discrimination and exploitation. If you're new to the Netherlands, read up on your rights and obligations in this brochure issued by the Dutch government (available in several different languages). You can report an incident of discrimination in the labour market by contacting Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam. Alternatively, make a complaint to the Inspectorate SZW (Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment). Information is available in several languages. Our team can answer any questions you have about living or working in the Amsterdam Area and direct you to relevant resources including Dutch language courses offered by the City of Amsterdam.
Expatriates living in Amsterdam can now visit IN Amsterdam for help with other expat-related issues. IN Amsterdam staff are ready and able to answer questions, provide information and offer advice on a wide range of topics. Furthermore, a wealth of information is available throughout the Local section of this website. The IN Amsterdam Partnership Programme also connects expats with local expat-related service providers in the Amsterdam Area and provides a full list of IN Amsterdam’s trusted partners.