How to apply

1) Make sure your company (or employer) has recognised sponsor status with the IND. If you need assistance, please let us help you.

2) Download and complete the applicable IND form (please note: there are separate forms for the highly skilled migrants, scientific researchers and the family members).

3) Complete the form selecting the appropriate procedure. Make sure the direct debit form and the antecedents certificate have been signed and you have attached the necessary documents.

Select IN Amsterdam (formerly Expatcenter Amsterdam) on the application form (please take into consideration that IN Amsterdam charges fees for its services).

4) Send the application along with the requested appendix to the IND at the following address:

Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst
T.a.v. Klantdirectie Regulier Economisch
Postbus 245
7600 AE Almelo

5) The IND will send a confirmation letter once the completed application has been received. If your application is incomplete the IND will indicate which items are missing and are required for re-submission.

What happens next

As soon as the IND makes a decision about the application, IN Amsterdam will contact you to make an appointment for the highly skilled migrant and, if applicable, his or her family members. The appointment can be planned on request and will last approximately 45 minutes.

You will receive a confirmation letter from IN Amsterdam for the appointment, which should be given to the highly skilled migrant.

In one visit to the IN Amsterdam office the municipal registration will also be arranged and the citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN) issued.

Highly skilled migrants with VVR-procedure

IN Amsterdam will contact you to schedule the appointment as soon as the decision has been made by the IND. During the appointment, fingerprints and photographs will be gathered from the applicant.

During the same appointment the municipal registration will also be arranged (including issuance of the BSN, the citizen service number or burgerservicenummer).

On request IN Amsterdam offers the service of an early approval/proof of legal stay. This stamp enables the highly skilled migrant to start work immediately. After biometrics are gathered it takes the IND three more days to prepare the residence card. Applicants can collect the residence permit without an appointment.

Highly skilled migrants with TEV-procedure (needing an MVV)

After the decision by the IND, a notification will be sent to the relevant Dutch Foreign Mission.

The application for the MVV visa can then be processed. Fingerprints and photographs will be gathered from the applicant during the appointment at the Dutch Foreign Mission. Please contact the relevant embassy regarding the issuance of the visa.

Please take into consideration that due to the regionalisation of the Services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visas are prepared at the Regional Support Offices (RSO) which are sometimes located in a different country. Therefore it can take longer to receive the visa.

Highly skilled migrants entering the Netherlands with an MVV sticker that includes the residence status are allowed to start work immediately after arrival.

During the appointment at the IN Amsterdam office, the municipal registration (including issuance of the BSN) will be arranged and the residence card will be issued.

The IN Amsterdam appointment

For his or her appointment at IN Amsterdam, the highly skilled migrant (and possible family members) must bring the appointment confirmation letter and all required documents (these are mentioned in the confirmation letter). Please note that service fees may apply.

At the appointment, the highly skilled migrant (and family members) will be registered with the municipality and will receive their residence permit.

As a result of registration the employee will receive their citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN). The issuance of the BSN is immediate during the appointment if the employee registers in Amsterdam or Amstelveen. It can take two days until the employee receives the BSN when he/she is registering in the other participating municipalities (Almere, Diemen, Haarlem, Haarlemmermeer, Hilversum, Velsen).

In addition, the employee will have the opportunity to ask IN Amsterdam employees any other questions they may have about living in Amsterdam.