What are the conditions for hiring a highly skilled migrant?
If an employer wants to bring a highly skilled migrant to the Netherlands, the employer will need to be a recognised sponsor. In order to become a recognised sponsor, the employer will need to submit an application at the Dutch Immigration- and Naturalisation Service (IND). Thereafter the IND will decide whether or not the employer will be qualified as a recognised sponsor. The recognition as a sponsor means that the business is considered a reliable partner by the IND.
Recognition has different advantages:
• The employer can make use of an accelerated admission procedure for the highly skilled migrant. Instead of three to five months the IND aims to make a decision on the request within two weeks. If a permit is needed for residence and employment this will be seven weeks.
• The employer will need to send less documents of evidence to the IND. In many cases an individual statement will be sufficient. Therein the employer states that the foreign employee fulfils all conditions for the admission and residence in the Netherlands.
• The employer has a fixed point of contact at the IND.