Firms seek tweaks to knowledge migrant system

10th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — It must be made easier for highly-educated expats to come and work in the Netherlands, employers' groups VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland said on Friday.

10 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — It must be made easier for highly-educated expats to come and work in the Netherlands, employers' groups VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland said on Friday.

In a letter to Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, the organisations acknowledged the introduction do the knowledge migrant system last year led to a "breakthrough in the admittance of highly-skilled migrants". On the other hand, the organisations listed a number of ways the system could be improved.

The VNO-NCW and MKB said the requirement for the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to deal with applications within two weeks "often is not met". The IND has introduced user-friendlier forms and has improved its information service, but the forms should be provided in English as soon as possible, the Minister was told.

In addition, employers want digital versions of the forms to be made available. Currently the process must be begun from the start if an error is made.

There should also be a special email address or telephone number to ensure people get answers to their questions about the procedure as quickly as possible.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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