Open Amsterdam event discusses attracting international talent
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Expatcenter’s corporate and community event, Open Amsterdam!, last month. The event was an opportunity to discuss our international talent strategy and to collaborate on finding ways to improve the quality of life of Amsterdam’s international community, ensuring it remains an ideal city in which to live and do business.
Approximately 150 people attended from various backgrounds and organisations. Members of Amsterdam’s international community, along with businesses and partners of the Expatcenter, discussed their ideas for making Amsterdam a top location for internationals.
The ideas and suggestions raised during the event will enable us to continue to develop our strategy for attracting international talent.
>> Read a summary of the event and topics discussed
Make an appointment to produce authenticated documents
Certain immigration procedures require internationals to produce authenticated copies of documents, such as birth and marriage certificates.
Internationals who have had a foreign document authenticated are required to make an appointment to bring it to a City Office for verification. Make an appointment by calling 14 020. Please note that documents must be in their original condition: laminated versions are not accepted.
>> Learn more about procedures relating to foreign documents
Attend the International Talent Event Amsterdam 2017
ITEA is an annual event that connects internationally-minded young professionals with companies in Amsterdam. This is a fantastic opportunity to recruit recent graduates and other highly skilled potential employees. ITEA 2017 takes place at the Student Hotel on Friday, 21 April.
The event attracts students that specialise in a variety of disciplines, including IT, business, finance and marketing. The attendees are proficient in English, as well as other foreign languages, and have an international background.
>> Get in touch with ITEA organisers to learn more about participation
>> View a calendar of upcoming job fairs in Amsterdam
157 new international companies choose Amsterdam
For the third year in a row, a record number of international companies have opened an office in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, which demonstrates the city’s position as a top destination for foreign investment.
2016 saw 157 new foreign companies set up shop in Amsterdam. This is expected to result in 3,312 new jobs in three years’ time. Amsterdam continues to be a magnet for international corporations and startups due to the city’s excellent physical location within Europe and its appeal to international talent.
>> Read more about new international companies in Amsterdam
Get to know the Intra Corporate Transferee initiative
The Intra Corporate Transferee (ICT) initiative took effect on 29 November 2016, in order to make it easier for multinational companies established outside the EU to transfer non-EU workers to a branch within the European Union.
Provided that they meet certain conditions, managers and specialists from outside the EU can be transferred to branches within the Netherlands for a maximum of three years, while trainees can be transferred for one year. Employees also have flexibility to work temporarily in other member states, excluding Denmark, the UK and Ireland.
Intra Corporate Transferees are also eligible for the policy regarding submitting documents for highly skilled migrants and scientific researchers. This means that a single person coming to the Netherlands under the ICT scheme is not required to produce certain documents, such as a birth certificate, during registration.
Note: this group is no longer eligible for the highly skilled migrant scheme. Applications for the highly skilled migrant scheme will be checked against the conditions for the ICT directive, and in the case of an overlap, only an ICT residence permit will be granted.
The Expatcenter is available to help companies that are interested in transferring staff under the new initiative and can answer any questions about the new procedures.
>> Read more about the scheme on the IND website
Internationals warned to be cautious of visa scammers
The Dutch police have become aware of several cases of fraud in which scammers have posed as employees of the IND.
Reports were made throughout the Netherlands, which involved fraudsters demanding payment for problems with residency documents and threatening international residents with deportation and jail time. The police and IND urge internationals to be extra cautious of people claiming to be associated with government agencies, particularly if there is any mention of transferring funds. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a phone call or email, check with the IND using their official contact details.
>> Read more about protecting yourself from visa scams
Amsterdam wins award for expat care and marketing slogan
Amsterdam’s Expatcenter has been recognised at the prestigious fDi Strategy Awards for its exceptional work in the category of expat support. The Expatcenter acts as a central point of contact for the city’s international community and is available to help with visas, work permits and general support.
Amsterdam inbusiness, an agency that assists with foreign investment in Amsterdam, also received an award for their creative marketing slogan: ‘Open mind, sharp business’.
>> Read more about the fDi Strategy Awards
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