October 26, 2010

The Dutch immigration authority (Immigratie end Naturalisatiedienst, or “IND”) is  reporting a high volume of Knowledge Migrant Program residence permit applications, which has resulted in an increase in processing times, from around two to three weeks to approximately four weeks.

Processing Times Extended

The additional one to two weeks now required for Knowledge Migrant residence permit approval processing in the Netherlands comes on top of the announcement last month (see Pro-Link GLOBAL’s Global Brief here) that processing time for provisional residence permits (MVVs) at Dutch Embassies and Consulates is likely to be extended as a regionalization program is introduced.

More About the Knowledge Migrant Program 

The Knowledge Migrant Program is an immigration process whereby registered companies may bring foreign national employees to work in the Netherlands. This process is often preferable to the standard work permit process in the Netherlands for several reasons. Processing time is generally less, the duration of the residence permit granted is longer, plus, the accompanying spouse or partner of a Knowledge Migrant residence permit holder is given permission to work in the Netherlands.

For more details about the Knowledge Migrant Program, contact Pro-Link GLOBAL.

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Note that, due to a high volume of applications, current processing time for Knowledge Migrant residence permits is four weeks (rather than the usual two to three weeks).

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader 

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification.

Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our PLG|KGNM correspondent office in the Netherlands to provide this Global BRIEF alert to you.