Immigration and formalities

The relevant authority to apply for a Visa and Residence Permit is the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). The BSN number is provided by the Dutch municipality, in which the foreign professional is going to live. A work permit must be applied for at UWV werkbedrijf.

More information about the needed formalities and procedures is given below.

Entry and residence permit

Under Modern Migration Policy Act, the Dutch employer or host organisation of the foreign professional is required to apply for his/her entry visa and residence permit (TEV, Toelating en Verblijf). To make use of the accelerated procedures for highly skilled migrants or scientific researchers, you must be a recognised sponsor with IND.

You can choose to apply for immigration formalities yourself, or you can authorise Expat Center Food Valley to apply on your behalf. Please contact us for more information.

One of the improvements under the Modern Migration Policy Act is that the Residence Permit Card is available to the foreigner soon after arrival in the Netherlands. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) holds office at the Expat Center Food Valley at least once a week (Thursday afternoons).

When you have applied for the TEV yourself, you can contact Expat Center Food Valley to make an appointment for your foreign professional to obtain his/her Residence Permit Card at the Expat Center in Wageningen. The cost for this is €50.00 excluding VAT. Please contact us for more information.

BSN number

After arriving in The Netherlands, the foreign professional needs to register with the municipality as a temporary Dutch citizen. Normally, a BSN number will be issued after a few weeks. This can cause practical problems, as your expat cannot open a bank account without a BSN number and he/she cannot be registered as an employee in your salary system. Expat Center Food Valley offers the possibility of registration in advance with the Dutch municipality so that the expat has immediate access to his/her BSN number upon arrival in the Netherlands. The cost for this is €50.00 excluding VAT. Please contact us for more information.

Work permit

A work permit is always required for working in the Netherlands, although some categories of foreign professionals and some nationalities are exempt from this obligation. The employer or host institute need to apply for the work permit at UWV werkbedrijf.

The immigration experts of the Expat Center Food Valley will be happy to support you in applying for the work permit on your behalf. Please contact us for more information.

Partner and family

When working in the Netherlands for a longer period, your foreign professional may want to bring family members. Under the Modern Migration Policy Act, the foreigner is considered to be the sponsor for any family members staying in the Netherlands. He/she needs to apply for the visa and residence permit for his/her family members and he/she is responsible for any family members staying in the Netherlands. The visa and residence permit application for family members can be transferred to the employer or host institute of the foreign professional.

The immigration experts of the Expat Center Food Valley will be happy to support you in applying for visas and residence permits of the partner and/or children relocating along with your foreign professional. Please contact us for more information.

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