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​You want to hire a foreign employee or a foreign employee works for you. Here you will find information on how to apply for a residence permit for your foreign employee, how to apply for recognition as a sponsor and which residence permit to work exist.


On 1 January 2019, the Netherlands and Hong Kong started an international exchange programme

- ​The exchange programme will last two years. As of 1 January 2019, young persons from Hong Kong b...

New income requirements for knowledge migrants and Blue Card Holders

- ​The Minister of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) has revised the income requirements for know...

Employers punished for fiddling with highly skilled migrants 24 October 2018

- ​The IND and the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) fiercely combat employers wh...

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  • ​​Please read our newsletter Nieuwsbrief Zakelijk and stay informed about relevant developments. Previously published issues can be found in our archive.

  • If you wish to work as a spiritual counsellor or as a teacher of religious knowledge, you must first pass the civic integration examination abroad.

  • Employers, foreign employees, self-employed persons, scientific researchers and graduated international students can also turn to one of the 8 Expat Centers in the Netherlands.
  • Only an employer can apply for a work permit (TWV ). You cannot do this yourself.

  • ​In addition to the legal obligations of the IND, additional legal rules apply from Inspectie SZW. An employer is responsible for ensuring that the rules of the Foreign Nationals Employment Act are also complied with.