2,200 knowledge migrants in 6 months
9 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — A total of 2,200 non-EU citizens were issued with work permits under the Dutch 'knowledge migrants' scheme in the first six months of this year.
9 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — A total of 2,200 non-EU citizens were issued with work permits under the Dutch 'knowledge migrants' scheme in the first six months of this year.
Although the scheme has proven to be successful, it has compensated for only a small proportion of the skills shortfall, the Federation of European Employers (www.fedee.com) reported earlier this week.
For this reason, the Dutch parliament has now approved a 'talents scheme', which will permit those with a wider range of skills to enter the Netherlands for fixed periods, but with a possibility of extension or conversion into permanent status.
The permit will be linked to a specific job and will be withdrawn as soon as the immigrant applies for any welfare payments.
The knowledge migrant system came into effect in the last months of 2004. It allows easy access into the Dutch labour market for non-EU nationals.
However, minimum annual gross salary requirements must be honoured and the Dutch employer must be accepted by the immigration service IND as a participant of the 'kennismigrant' system.
If all the conditions of the scheme are met, it is possible to legally bypass the general Dutch work permit requirement. In certain cases that is a huge advantage.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news