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  • What are the immigration procedures for working/living in the Netherlands?
  • EU citizens
  • Work and Residence permits
  • Registration
What are the immigration procedures for working/living in the Netherlands?

There are several immigration procedures for working and living in the Netherlands. Below you find a short summary of the most important aspects.

EU citizens

EU citizens who come to the Netherlands on a local contract do not need to go through any immigration formalities. The only requirement is that EU nationals who plan to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 4 months register at the local Town Hall. We schedule and (if agreed) accompany the appointment to make sure the registration process runs smoothly.

The situation with EU citizens who are assigned to the Netherlands is different. In this situation the Posted Worker directive applies.

Work and Residence permits

Many of your prospective employees will be eligible for the highly skilled migrant procedure or the Intra Corporate Transferee directive. Some will prefer to apply for the EU Blue Card. Settle Service’s specialized immigration team applies for hundreds highly skilled migrant and intra corporate transferee procedures per year.

However, we can also assist with all other kinds of immigration procedures, whether for short or long stay. We offer advice and consultation and can submit all relevant applications on your behalf.

Registration

After the formalities have been approved and the non-EU expat has arrived in the Netherlands, he or she needs to register at both the immigration authorities and Town Hall. In many cases combined registration is possible at one of the Expat Centers located throughout the Netherlands. If this is not possible, we will coordinate (and if agreed upon) accompany a visit to the IND and the local authorities.

“I see a great improvement in the process from the time I have collected my first residence permit. The website is perfect for any communication. Thanks for all the support. All the best and keep going.”

— By Harish, settled in 2020

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