Farewell to IN Amsterdam Director, Els Bosma
We regret to announce that Els Bosma will no longer continue in her role as director at IN Amsterdam, effective 12 October 2017. Please join us in wishing her all the very best. It will remain our top priority to continue to provide you with the highest possible level of service, while continuing the Open Amsterdam programme to attract and retain international talent. We thank you for your understanding and continued support during this transition period and we will keep you informed of any changes.
Communication with the IND and IN Amsterdam
IN Amsterdam is aware of some confusion around communications received from the IND pertaining to IN Amsterdam's services. Official letters from the IND regarding collecting documents often don't distinguish between the IND and the IN Amsterdam office. Applicants who begin immigration processes with the IND, and will collect their documents from the IND office, can do so without making an appointment. However, IN Amsterdam's one-stop-shop service also includes municipal registration. For this reason, we will contact the applicant when the documents are ready and schedule an appointment for collecting them (which may not be mentioned in the IND's communications).
When using IN Amsterdam services please remind your clients and employees that an appointment will be scheduled for them.
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The Netherlands announces its new government
Following the election on 15 March 2017, a new coalition government has taken office. Mark Rutte, Sybrand Buma, Alexander Pechtold, Gert-Jan Segers and their parties announced their official coalition agreement on 10 October 2017. IN Amsterdam will continue to work in collaboration with the new government in our efforts to attract and retain international companies, employees, entrepreneurs and students.
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Take a detailed look at Amsterdam's job market
IN Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Economic Board have collaboratively published an infographic detailing the current job market in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The statistics illustrate several interesting trends, such as the sectors which have the most employment opportunities and the countries from which jobseekers are actively looking for employment in Amsterdam. The figures also show that Amsterdam has significantly more vacancies than the national average.
IND's fees to increase in 2018
Fees for the IND’s services, including applications for visas and other immigration procedures, will increase by 1.3% from 1 January 2018. The fees are indexed every year based on calculations by Statistics Netherlands.
Dutch citizenship remains attainable after five years in the Netherlands
The Dutch government has rejected a proposed change to the Netherlands Nationality Act. Foreign nationals currently need to reside in the Netherlands for five years before applying for Dutch citizenship, and there has been debate around extending this period to seven years. However, on 3 October 2017 the government ruled to keep the five-year term in place.
>> Read more about the proposal
>> Find information on becoming a Dutch citizen
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