Expat spouses exempted from work permit
28 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Cabinet decided on Friday to exempt trailing spouses of skilled expats from applying for a work permit before being allowed to take up employment in the Netherlands.
28 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Cabinet decided on Friday to exempt trailing spouses of skilled expats from applying for a work permit before being allowed to take up employment in the Netherlands.
The proposal — lodged by Social Affairs State Secretary Henk van Hoof — also states that the exemption will lapse if the relationship ends within three years, the website regering.nl said.
The exemption is designed to make it more attractive for skilled foreign workers to enter the Netherlands. The work possibilities for partners often play an important role in the choice of which country an expat will work in.
The cabinet had previously decided to exempt skilled expats from having to obtain a work permit. Starting from October 2004, expats who earn more than EUR 45,000 gross no longer need a work permit and can be issued with a residence permit for five years.
The income criterion does not apply to foreigners entering into employment as a doctoral student at an educational or research institute or to postgraduates and university teachers under 30 years of age. Knowledge migrants under 30 years of age must earn at least EUR 32,600.
It is hoped the plan will make the Netherlands more attractive to specialists in IT, academic research and technology. The government intends to make the Dutch economy one of the most dynamic 'knowledge economies' of Europe.
Nevertheless, the plan — which aimed at simplifying residence procedures by setting up one point of contact for residence permits — was slow to get off the ground because companies needed to first sign agreements with the Dutch government to qualify them for the simplified expat visa process.
In October 2004, the cabinet also decided that professional footballers would be allowed a work permit-free probation period in the Netherlands. It was also decided that legal Dutch residents who give testimony against human smugglers could also temporarily work in the Netherlands without the need for a work permit.
The proposal to exempt partners of skilled expats from a work permit has been sent to the Council of State for legal advice. Once the advice is received, the new regulation will be published in the government newspaper, Staatscourant (www.sdu.nl).
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news