A successful 2015 for the Expatcenter Amsterdam

The Expatcenter Amsterdam’s official numbers for 2015 have been released. Once again, they demonstrate that it’s been a very successful year, not only for the Expatcenter, but also for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area as a location for international business. In 2015, the Expatcenter helped more than 10,492 clients from over 900 companies settle in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area; this represents a growth of 26% since 2014. The Expatcenter is looking into expanding its capacity to continue to accommodate this growth.

These highly positive number are closely related to the Amsterdam Area’s success as a business location. In 2015, a record number of 140 new international companies established offices in the Amsterdam Area. In three years’ time, these companies will jointly provide for 2,953 jobs. Besides the new companies coming in from abroad, 35 already established international companies have expanded their operation, resulting in 3,068 extra jobs in 2015. That means that in total, more than 6,000 new jobs are created through new branches and business expansion.

Further important figures released lately are the results of the Expatcenter's 2015 customer satisfaction survey. Find out how we scored below.

>>Read more about the Expatcenter’s 2015 numbers

>>Read more about the new companies in the Amsterdam Area

New policy regarding the Orientation Year permit

There has been a significant improvement to the Orientation Year scheme. The scheme offers great advantages for employers of international graduates. A measure aiming to retain foreign talent for the Dutch labour market, it allows recent bachelor’s and master’s graduates (both from Dutch and international universities) to search for work in the Netherlands for up to a year with a special Orientation Year work and residence permit. The scheme therefore offers great opportunities for companies looking to hire international talent. As part of the scheme, these graduates – smart internationals who, if they studied in the Netherlands, have already been in the country for a while, are well-integrated and often speak Dutch as well as English – can be hired as highly skilled migrants with a lower-than-usual minimum salary requirement.

The new policy means that international graduates will be able to apply for the special work and residence permit within up to three years after their graduation, as opposed to just one year. This allows them to first return to their home country for a period of time and then come back to the Netherlands to look for employment. In addition, scientific researchers are also going to be eligible for the permit. The policy changes came into effect on 1 March 2016.

Are your employees properly registered?

Last year, we informed you about the fines that can now be imposed in Amsterdam for failure to register at the correct address, to notify the municipality of a change of address on time and to present all relevant documents. We have had many questions about this. Below, find a brochure that has a lot of information about the issue. For any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

>>Find more information about registration, change of address and fines

Expatcenter Amsterdam scores high on customer satisfaction

Last year, we asked you what you thought of the Expatcenter's services in the Expatcenter customer satisfaction survey 2015. The results are now in, and we're pleased to discover that our continued efforts to meet both our corporate and our expat clients’ needs are paying off. The survey was carried out in autumn 2015; in total, more than 4,000 people were contacted and 361 individual respondents participated. The most notable result was the overall score for ‘general satisfaction’, ranking the Expatcenter and its services at 8.6. Furthermore, the ‘quality of services provided’ was rated at 8.5, an increase from the 2013 rating of 8.3.

>>Read more about the Expatcenter’s customer satisfaction survey

Dutch corporates are asked to appoint a Chief Startup Officer

Connecting multinationals to startups is a high priority in the Netherlands’ efforts to further strengthen the country’s startup culture. Collaboration between startups and corporates means both parties are able to innovate faster. The Netherlands’ unique possibility to be leading in collaborations between startups and corporates was highlighted in the How To Get There Summit, organised in November 2015. 2500 startups, innovation professionals, investors and academics came together to meet, share experience and get inspired. As a result 230 new connections were made between startups and corporates. All participating corporates have been asked to appoint a Chief Startup Officer, or CSO, who is accountable for the startup policy within the organisation.

Are you interested in having a CSO appointed in your organisation? The Expatcenter has extensive experience in start-ups regulations and is happy to help and provide more information.

>>Read more about the CSO position

Change in VA sticker procedure

If a highly skilled migrant does not have a residence permit yet when he or she visits the Expatcenter – for instance because biometric data are missing or similar issues – the IND issues a so-called VA sticker for their passport. This sticker enables the person to start work directly, even without the residence permit. Until now, the highly skilled migrant’s family would also receive a VA sticker. Because the stickers do not have a function beyond the proof of work permit, they will not be issued for family members from now on (unless a family member also needs to begin work within two weeks). For the highly skilled migrant the procedure stays the same and he or she will continue to receive a VA sticker.