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Immigration news

One of the key areas that Settle Service is active in is in the field of immigration. We will analyze the situations and consequently perform around 700 applications in 2016. The immigration procedures are always developing, so it is important to keep up to date. You will find the most important immigration news facts in our blogs.

Digital applications

The Dutch immigration authorities IND introduced further usage of the pilot for completely digital applications for highly skilled migrants.

Settle Service is one of the selected immigration providers to apply for each of their customers through the digital platform. We have been applying digitally for a few clients already and we are very happy to be part of this extended service and to be able to provide our advice to the IND. New features in the system will be introduced slowly, such as allowing us to check the status of the application online!

In the end this will result in faster processing times. Of course as with each pilot we do expect some hick-ups, but we are very positive on the platform sofar!

Validy of recognized sponsorship

The State Secretary who is responsible for immigration to the Netherlands has decided that as from April 1, the validity of recognized sponsorships will be limited to 3 years when a company is not active. So if your company (or one of its entities) has applied for the sponsorship and there have been no highly skilled migrants on the payroll for three years or more, the company will be removed from the list of recognized sponsors. This may mean that the company/entity will have to apply for the sponsorship again.

Settle Service has much experience with applications for recognized sponsorships. So if our assistance is wished for, we gladly are of service.

Other news

Some facts and figures;

  • IND is working very hard to minimalize their back-log in handling applications. Unfortunately they decided at one point to focus on new applications, because of which a few outstanding applications will even take longer. They are confident though that the back-log will be solved very soon now
  • Biometrics taken before March 2014 is only valid for 1 year. For renewals of permits with start date before this date new biometrics is required
  • Children that turn 12 or 18 must take new biometrics
  • When biometrics is insufficient or only contains 2 fingerprints, new biometrics will have to be taken.