When can my non-EU employee start working?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is: how long does the immigration process take? In other words, when can my employee start working?

When your non-EU employee can start working, depends on your company’s and your employee’s individual situation.

Your company’s situation

Is your company already a recognized sponsor for the Dutch immigration services IND?

A recognized sponsorship is an important condition to attract highly skilled migrants. Highly skilled migrants are the international employees that have a local (Dutch) contract. If your company is not (yet) recognized as a sponsor our specialised immigration team gladly assists with the application recognized sponsorship.

The sponsorship also speeds up your applications for intra corporate transferees. Those are the expats that stay on contract with your non-EU parent or subsidiary company and have an assignment to the Netherlands for maximally 3 years.

How long it takes to become a recognized sponsor differs. If your company has had a presence in the Netherlands for more than 1,5 years this will be 1 month in most cases. If your company is new to the Netherlands the application might take a lot more time.

Once your company is a recognized sponsor it will take two to six weeks before your employee can travel to the Netherlands. How long exactly depends on your future employee’s situation.

Your employee’s situation

For example, if your employee still lives abroad, the procedure can take more time. Some non-EU nationals need to travel to the Dutch embassy or consulate to obtain a visa. When the employee is already in the Netherlands with a valid residence permit, the procedure might be completed instantly or within just a few weeks.

When you ask us to assist your company with the immigration procedure we always analyse the specific situation. You will receive our advice on the feasibility and the best procedure(s) to follow. Depending upon the actual situation, our specialised immigration team can assist your with all immigration procedures

Feel free to reach out to us for advice. We’d be happy to inform you which procedure is most appropriate in your specific situation and which start date would be feasible.

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