Immigration can be one of the biggest challenges in a global relocation programme. Our latest Cartus Mobility Insights gives a 2014 update on Netherlands immigration and discusses future legislative changes. These changes may impact international assignees moving to the Netherlands, although encouragingly, most are aimed to make immigration processes easier and quicker for organisations.
Combined Work and Residence PermitSince April of this year, third-country nationals (foreign nationals from countries outside of the European Union, European Economic Area, and Switzerland) may now apply for a combined work and residence permit. Previously, a work permit had to be applied for separately, so this will help streamline the process for assignees, although the changes will not apply to intra-company assignees or those planning to work in the Netherlands for fewer than three months.
Biometrics (Immigration) ActAdditional biometrics are now required when applying for residence permits in the Netherlands. Since March 2014, foreign nationals who are more than six years old have to submit 10 fingerprints and a photograph to be included in a chip on residence documents. This new legislation aims to improve the time it takes to determine a foreign national’s identity, and it’s hoped that this will streamline the process. Families with children under six will still need to include a photograph on the residence document.
Intra-Corporate Assignee DirectiveThe European Council has announced a proposed update to the conditions of entry and residence for third-country nationals who are moving to the Netherlands on an intra-company transfer. This will make it quicker and easier for organisations to temporarily assign highly skilled employees to subsidiaries in the European Union and allow intra-corporate assignees to move between member states whilst on their assignment. EU member states have until 29 November 2016 to implement these changes, so companies within the EU will see no immediate impacts on their relocation programmes.
For more details on these legislative changes, download our Netherlands Immigration Mobility Insights.
Minimum Salary Increases for Highly Skilled Workers
As we communicated last year, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) has recently put into practice minimum salary thresholds for highly skilled workers. Those under 30 years old require a monthly salary of at least €3,205.44 (previously €2,968). Applicants older than 30 should receive a minimum of €4,371.84 (previously €4,048).
Please be aware that the IND is rejecting applications where the highly skilled migrant’s salary does not meet these thresholds. Non-salary payments, such as housing or travel allowances, may be used to meet the new salary requirements, as long as these payments are guaranteed and are paid directly to the highly skilled migrant on a monthly basis. Going forward, it is important to take these increases into consideration when planning relocation programmes and budgets.
We will, of course, bring you any additional information and updates on proposed legislation, as it unfolds.