The need for highly skilled migrants in the Netherlands is high and will most probably increase in the coming years. In a reaction to an advice of the SER, the most influential governmental advisory board in the Netherlands, the Dutch Cabinet acknowledges the fact that the cultural diversity and the networks that highly skilled migrants bring are valuable for the Netherlands and the Dutch economy. As a result of this, we expect some developments in the immigration laws for highly skilled migrants in the near future.
The demand for highly skilled migrants comes from companies that are located in the Netherlands and wish to work with multicultural teams or have to do this because there may be a lack of skilled people in certain areas. The Cabinet has stated its intent to better facilitate the companies to attract the talent they require.
Changes to current regulations will take place in the coming months; these include extending the ‘search (or orientation) year’ regulation; making the rules regarding hiring highly skilled migrants on a project basis more flexible. Last but not least the fees to register as a recognised sponsor will be differentiated. With regards to the latter, this is an important development for companies that only have a limited number of moves to the Netherlands per year. Whereas the fee to become a recognized sponsor now is always around € 6000, regardless of the company’s situation, more differentation in fees will mean that it will be easier for them to take the decision to become a recognized sponsor.
Besides the adjustments to the regulations, there will also be important more operational changes. The website of the Dutch immigration authorities IND will be improved and digital submissions of applications will be introduced in the coming year. There is a pilot going on at the moment, in which Settle Service is involved, and after a positive evaluation of the entire pilot, the pilot will be extended until it will be possible for all recognized sponsors to submit their applications digitally.