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Nationals of Ukraine travel visa free

9 June 2017 As of 11 June 2017, nationals of Ukraine will no longer require a visa for a short stay visit (that is a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period) to the Netherlands and the other Schengen...

Increasing number of highly skilled migrants in 2016

21 May 2017 In 2016 a total number of 13,600 applications for highly skilled migrants were filed. This is an application for the purpose of highly skilled migrant , EU Blue Card , or search year highly...

Almost all applications to become Dutch national are granted

14 May 2017 In 2016 23,190 foreigners filed an application for naturalisation to become a Dutch national . Almost all applications were granted. In total 97%. In 2015 the numbers were as follows: 25,450...

EU Blue Card also allowed to start business

13 April 2017 The Secretary of State of Social Affairs has confirmed that holders of an EU Blue Card are also allowed to start a business besides their work as employee under the EU Blue Card. Required is that...

Right to continue to work pending renewal GVVA (Single Permit)

6 April 2017 As of 5 April 2017 employees holding a GVVA (Single Permit for Residence and Work) are allowed to continue working pending the renewal application. This was prohibited. To have this right:...

Highly Skilled workers also allowed to start as entrepreneur

31 March 2017 As of 1 April 2017 highly skilled migrant workers (holding a ‘ kennismigrant ’ permit), are also allowed to start working as an entrepreneur besides their work as employee. Required is that...

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