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Can my employee bring family to the Netherlands?

When your employee wishes to bring family to the Netherlands, the Dutch immigration rules and regulations are applicable. Often the family members need a residence permit. Whether this is possible, depends on your employee’s and their family’s situation. Of course you can leave this to Settle Service, with our vast experience we know our way in all work-related immigration procedures.

Non EU partner/children of Non-EU employee

The family members (partner and/or children) of your employee can usually come along to the Netherlands. The employee cannot take his family members along only if the employee comes for seasonal work or for work placement or to gain work experience.

Have you been recognised as a sponsor for work-related purposes? We can submit the applications for the family members of your employee on your behalf. Have you not been recognised as a sponsor? Your employee needs to submit the application for the residence permits for his family members, we can prepare the applications.

Non EU partner/children of EU employee

If one of the partners is a EU/EER/Swiss national (not being Dutch) and the other partner holds a Non-EU nationality, a special procedure “Verification against the EU law” (Toetsing aan het EU recht) is applicable. Having this type of the residence permit, allows the Non-EU national to stay in the Netherlands as a family member of the EU-national.

If a family member holds a nationality for which the Schengen-Visa is required to enter the Netherlands, then the so-called “facilitation Visa” (Type C) has to be arranged before moving to the Netherlands. This visa can be obtained at the Dutch Embassy in the country of the residency. When applying for this visa, the Non-EU family member has to mention that he/she intends to live in the Netherlands with the EU family member. The Embassy will ask for the proof (for example, legalised birth/marriage certificates).

Our Family Immigration Services provide security for the entire family. We analyse the specific situation and advise the feasibility and the best procedure(s) to follow. We will arrange your employee’s and the family member’s (s’) immigration care-free and your company is fully compliant.

When your employee can sucessfully bring family to the Netherlands, it will contribute to their happiness. And you probably know: with happy employees, your business is more productive!

“The process was very smooth, thank you for that.“

— By Kareem

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