Changing Immigration Regulations and Fees in The Netherlands
24 October 2016
Changing Immigration Regulations and Fees in The Netherlands

Encouraging Knowledge Migration

In 2017, some measures will be implemented to facilitate knowledge migration, both in the Netherlands and in Europe. A scheme will be introduced for the international business community that enables flexible authorization for carrying out activities in the Netherlands by third-country nationals. Additionally, it will be possible for highly skilled migrants and students to develop alongside their work or study activities as entrepreneurship and participate in innovative start-ups.

Bonus points for the Expat!

Mark Rutte (Prime Minister of the Netherlands) shows in his election program 2017 that he wants to invest in highly skilled migrants. He suggests a “points scheme”: The greater your contribution to the Netherlands, the greater the chance to get started in the Netherlands.

Exchange program between the Netherlands and South Korea

By October 1, 2016, the Netherlands and South Korea will continue international exchange agreement. The South Korean young people between 18 and 30 years who participate in the Working Holiday Program (WHP) may study in the Netherlands and occasionally carry out paid work to meet the costs of their stay. They do not need to be in possession of a work permit. Per year to a maximum of 100 South Korean youths can participate. Applications may be submitted to the Dutch Embassy in Seoul, which keeps track of when the quota is reached. The start of the program goes by October 1, 2016 for a period of (in principle) two years.

Slightly increased fees

As of January 1, 2017, the fees for the application for highly skilled migrants will be slightly increased by 1.8 %. The measure to differentiate fees for ‘Sponsor Recognition’ leads to fewer empty returns. The government has decided to compensate this by slightly increasing the current rate for skilled migrants.