Apply for recognition as sponsor

Last update: 9 June 2022

You would like to apply for recognition as a sponsor. A recognised sponsor is a company, school or organisation that has an interest in the arrival of a third-country national. Find out what the requirements are and how to apply for recognition.

Categories of recognition as sponsor

You can apply for recognition as a sponsor for the following 4 categories.

  1. Study: applications for residence permits for the purpose of study.
  2. Exchange: applications for residence permits for the purpose of au pair and cultural exchange.
  3. Research: applications for residence permits for the purpose of research under Directive (EU) 2016/801.
  4. Work: applications for residence permits for the purpose of work as a highly-skilled migrant, work in paid employment, seasonal labour, gaining work experience, intra-corporate transfer or residence as the holder of a European Blue Card.

Do you want to become a recognised sponsor for more than one category? In that case you must apply separately for each recognition category.

Recognition is sometimes mandatory

Recognition is mandatory if you want to apply for these residence purposes as a company, school or organisation.

  • Au pair
  • Exchange
  • Study
  • Highly-skilled migrant
  • Researchers under Directive (EU) 2016/801

An exception applies to highly-skilled migrants and researchers with Turkish nationality. Recognition is not mandatory, but it is possible for these residence purposes.

  • Regular work in paid employment
  • Seasonal work 
  • Gaining work experience
  • Intra-company transfer
  • Holder of a European Blue Card

For these residence purposes, you can choose whether or not to have your organisation recognised as a sponsor. 

Advantages of recognition as sponsor

Recognition as a sponsor has several advantages.

  • The IND processes your applications faster. The IND tries to decide on an application within 2 weeks. In some cases the target period is 7 weeks, for example if a work permit (in Dutch: tewerkstellingsvergunning) is needed.
  • You need to enclose fewer supporting documents with the application.
  • You can apply for residence permits online via the Business Portal.

Obligations as recognised sponsor

If you are recognised as a sponsor, then you will have several legal obligations. See the obligations of a sponsor and recognised sponsor.


The general requirements for applying for recognition as a sponsor apply to all categories. In addition, extra requirements also apply to the categories research, study and exchange.

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  • Requirements for research

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  • Requirements for study

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  • Requirements for exchange

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Process and costs

These are the steps in the application process for recognition.

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Application form

Download the form. Fill in the form and send it by post.

See also

Rules and regulations

All rules and regulations are only in Dutch.

Responsible organisation

Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst


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