A streamlined process

Utilising the IN Amsterdam procedure begins with the completion of the appropriate application form from the IND website. On the form, the employer indicates that they would like to use IN Amsterdam’s services and sends the completed form to the IND. Approximately four weeks later, the highly skilled migrant can visit the IN Amsterdam office to collect his or her residence permit and register with the municipality. Please note: prior to 8 May 2017, IN Amsterdam was known as the Expatcenter Amsterdam.

Download the IN Amsterdam corporate brochure, which details our services for employers. For a full description of the procedure application steps please see ‘How to Apply’. Please note that service fees may apply.

Advantages of using IN Amsterdam

By submitting one single form, the employer can initiate the necessary official procedures while the employee is still abroad, and schedule an appointment with IN Amsterdam for their arrival. Once the employee is in the Netherlands, all documents will be in place, allowing the employee to start work immediately after their visit to the IN Amsterdam office.

Service for EU citizens

EU citizens who have a work contract with a company that is an officially recognised sponsor by the IND can visit IN Amsterdam for their municipal registration.

Citizen Service Number

As a result of the municipal registration, IN Amsterdam clients will receive their citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN) during their appointment. Those registering with the municipalities of Almere and Haarlemmermeer will receive their BSN in two days by email.

Early residence stamp

IN Amsterdam offers the possibility of an early approval for work. With this early approval, highly skilled migrants are able to start working within two weeks after the IND has received their application. Once the IND has made a decision on the application, an early residence stamp can be issued at the IN Amsterdam office (in the employee’s passport). This service requires that the employee visit IN Amsterdam twice, however, the second visit is simply for the issuance of the residence card.

Residence permit extensions for highly skilled migrants and researchers

Highly skilled migrants and scientific researchers that have applied for an extension of their residence permit can collect their extended residence permit at one of the Expatcenter branches, including IN Amsterdam.

Residence permits for recent graduates

Recent graduates from Dutch colleges and universities and academics from abroad that have successfully applied for an Orientation Year permit, which allows graduates to search for employment in the Netherlands for up to a year, can collect their permit at an Expatcenter in the Netherlands and at IN Amsterdam.

Biometric data services

Highly skilled migrants, researchers and recent graduates applying for an Orientation Year permit can now deliver the required biometric photographs and fingerprints at an official Expatcenter, including IN Amsterdam. Check the list of official Expatcenters in the Netherlands.

Information for your expat employees

Expatriate employees can also visit IN Amsterdam for help with other government and expat-related issues, such as parking, taxes, healthcare, education and much more. The IN Amsterdam staff is ready and able to answer questions, provide information and offer advice on a wide range of topics. Furthermore, a wealth of information is also available throughout the living section of this website, with detailed information on topics like finding a job, childcare or place to live.

Information for spouses and partners of expats 

If an international has taken up employment in the Netherlands, it’s vitally important for their spouse or partner to feel just as happy and settled in their new country. That’s why IN Amsterdam offers a support service for accompanying partners of international workers, helping them to find employment, settle into Dutch life and access family support information. Find out more about the services offered for accompanying partners.