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The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), which operates under the Ministry of Justice and Security, has announced that highly skilled migrants who are not required to obtain a long-term visa (MVV) may start working in the country even if their residence permit is not ready yet.
From July 22, 2022, a highly skilled migrant who is not subject to an MVV may start working if the residence document is not ready yet. This must be stated in the notification you have received and may be for a maximum of four months,” the IND has announced in a statement published on Monday, August 1.
The move means that long-term visa-exempt foreign nationals will be eligible to start working in the Netherlands upon their arrival in the country on the basis of their approval letter from the Dutch immigration authority if approval is issued on or after July 22, 2022. Those who received the approval before this date must still obtain a residence endorsement sticker before starting to work.
Until January 22, 2023, these qualifying highly skilled migrant workers do not need to collect a residence endorsement sticker before starting to work in the Netherlands.
Exempt from the obligation to obtain a long-term Dutch visa for stays longer than three months in the country are the nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Vatican City, United Kingdom, United States, South Korea, Switzerland, as well as all the EU/EEA Member State.
The IND also notes that highly skilled migrants waiting for a residence document after an approved extension of the residence permit can also continue working in the country with their expired residence document up until January 22, next year.
However, the department advises migrant workers of this category to make an appointment as soon as they receive the news that their permit approval is ready. The latter will enable them to work for four months until they receive a residence endorsement sticker or residence permit card.
The appointment can be made with a local immigration office or an Expatcenter, at the latest after two weeks of receiving the notification. The appointment can be scheduled by the office between two to three months later.
Make sure you can show the notification and an appointment confirmation (and possibly the expired residence document) if requested,” the IND advises.
According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), in 2020, labour employment was the most common motive for 35,040 immigrants from within the EU/EFTA to move to the Netherlands.
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