Families to get permits quicker

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22 June 2007, THE HAGUE – Family members of highly skilled immigrants coming to the Netherlands for work will be able to get a residence permit much quicker than in the past. Until now they have had to wait an average of a few months.

22 June 2007

THE HAGUE – Family members of highly skilled immigrants coming to the Netherlands for work will be able to get a residence permit much quicker than in the past. Until now they have had to wait an average of a few months.

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will be aiming to process these applications within two weeks from now on.

State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak wrote this to Parliament on Friday.

Highly educated foreigners coming to the Netherlands to work have been eligible for a special arrangement since October 2004. Employers are no longer required to apply for a work permit for these workers and the employee's application for a residence permit is processed within two weeks by a special desk at the IND in Rijswijk.

Since the beginning of June, this special desk at the IND has also been accepting the residence applications from partners of these "knowledge migrants" and their underage children. If all the forms are correctly completed, their permit too can be processed within two weeks. The legal maximum of six months however does still apply, meaning that the IND tries to issue these permits within two weeks, but that by law it is permitted to take up to six months to do so if necessary.

Starting in August, the IND will also be aiming to process applications from foreigners who want to convert their status to knowledge migrant within two weeks. Recent graduates of Dutch universities who have found a job that qualifies them can change their status to knowledge migrant for instance. This should make it easier for talented young people to work here, says Albayrak.

About 8,800 people have made use of the accelerated procedure for knowledge migrants so far. Most of them work in ICT, industry and scientific research and come from India, the US or Japan.

The IND has made agreements with about 2,600 businesses and institutions so that they can make use of the accelerated procedure.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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