Recruiting an employee from abroad?

Many companies in the Netherlands choose to recruit employees from abroad. Reason is in many times the shortage of good specialized personnel. Recruiting an employee from abroad can be very attractive yet there are some things that you will have to take into account.

EU or non EU?

Does the person that you would like to employ have an EU or a non EU passport? This is the first question. If non EU, you will have to arrange the immigration formalities. People who sign a local contract (so with the company in the Netherlands) are highly skilled migrants. Your company has to be a recognized sponsor for the Dutch immigration authorities to be able to attract highly skilled migrants. Alternatively the EU Blue Card might be a good solution. If your employee stays on a non EU contract with your company abroad, het or she will be an Intra Corparate Transferee. Settle Service gladly assists with all work related immigration procedures.


Since more and more companies work with people from abroad it is very busy at the national and local authorities. There are waiting times for embassies to pick up an entry visa if that is required. Moreover there are waiting lists to legalize documents in some locations. Upon arrival in the Netherlands the expatcenters and local town halls are so busy that it can take months before an appointment is possible. We currently advice to (let us) start with the immigration formalities 3 months prior to the work start day.

Finding a home

Finding a home also costs more time than before. The market is tight, with many people fishing in the same pond. It is good to prepare your future employees that you are recruiting from abroad. If you decide to work with Settle Service to find a home we can share the rental prices per city with you. It might be that your future employee will have to pay more rent than expected or that he/she will have to adjust the requirements.

Recruiting an employee from abroad; how do you ensure a good start?

How can you make sure your employee has a successful start? Offer relocation assistance! Relocation agencies know how to arrange the relocation as good and efficient as possible.

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