NETHERLANDS: IND Adds Additional Note on Approval Letters

August 15, 2022

As of 22 July 2022, the Dutch Immigration Authority (IND) has added an additional note on approval letters for non-visa nationals coming to the Netherlands as a Highly Skilled Migrant. The IND is aware of the longer waiting times at IND desks and Expat Centers, therefore, non-visa nationals are permitted to work as a Highly Skilled Migrant, based on the approval letter, for a maximum period of four months (starting from the date of approval). This means that the foreign national can work without a residence permit or residency endorsement sticker.

The main condition is that an appointment has been scheduled, as soon as possible but at least within two weeks, after receiving the approval. This concerns an appointment at the IND desk or Expat Center for submitting the biometric data or collecting the Dutch residence permit card as a Highly Skilled Migrant.

Therefore, in case of an audit, the following documents will need to be provided to the authorities:

1) The IND approval letter; AND
2) The appointment confirmation for submitting the biometric data; OR
3) The appointment confirmation for collecting the Dutch residence permit card.

Please note that this is a temporary measure due to the longer waiting times at IND desks and Expat Centers. At this moment, this temporary measure is until 22 January 2023.

Newland Chase will provide further updates as they happen regarding any changes for Dutch immigration applications.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.