Fast track process non-EU nationals

The Netherlands welcomes international talent; truly valuing their input and impact on Dutch society and industry. Recognising that this global expertise is needed to further strengthen the Dutch economic, cultural, and research fields as well as promoting the Netherlands’ profitable investment climate, Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst – IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Authority) offers a unique fast-tracked registration process. This enables these applicants to move through the immigration and registration procedures via specialised accelerated channels.

Expat Centre Maastricht Region is equipped to offer start-ups, established employers and research centres this fast-tracked way of arranging residence and work permits as well as municipal registration for international talent from non-EU/EEA areas who are relocating to the Netherlands along with their family members. To be eligible for a fast track registration the applicant’s employer must be an IND erkend referent (IND recognised sponsor).

Regular non-EU processes
  • Residence permits are only granted to non-EU/EEA applicants with a verified verblijfsdoel (reason for stay).
  • Work permits are assessed separately by the Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen – UWV (Employee Insurance Schemes Implementing Body)
  • Non-EU/EEA nationals moving to the Netherlands usually apply for a gecombineerde vergunning voor verblijf en arbeid – GVVA (a combined residence and work permit, also known as a Single Permit). To be eligible for a GVVA there must already be a job offer in place.
  • Some non-EU/EEA applicants are required to have completed the inburgering (civic integration) process before they are eligible to apply for a residence permit.
  • The residence and work permit application process can take up to 90 days.
  • Once relocated in the Netherlands, the municipal registration process can take up to one month.
Advantages of the Fast Track process
  • IND recognised sponsors can submit an application for a residence and work permit before the non-EU highly skilled migrant, researcher or professional artist arrives in the Netherlands, enabling the employee to commence work almost immediately after arrival.
  • Non-EU employees do not need to register at the offices of the municipality and the IND desk separately; the municipal registration for a BSN and IND services are both offered at Holland Expat Center South (in Eindhoven) in just one appointment.
  • Instead of taking up to 90 days, a decision regarding residence and work permits can be heard within two weeks.
  • From the moment of application, the entire municipal registration process can take up to four weeks, however when utilising the Fast Track process the applicant receive their required paperwork within three working days.
Non-EU employees Fast Track process
  • Depending on the employee’s country of origin, the IND recognised sponsor files an application with the IND for a VVR (residence permit), a GVVR (combined residence and work permit) or the TEV procedure (which begins with an MVV).
  • IND makes a decision within two weeks and informs Holland Expat Center South and employer.
  • Employer informs employee.
  • Holland Expat Center South receives a copy application and in compliance with the employer, makes an appointment for the employee at their IND desk.
  • Employees using the TEV procedure must visit the Dutch embassy in their country of residence where biometric information is recorded and they leave their passport for the preparation of the MVV permit. Applicants are advised not to book flights until they have taken receipt of their passport containing the MVV permit.
  • Those not using the TEV procedure can travel directly to the Netherlands.
  • Employee arrives in the Netherlands.
  • Employees using the VVR procedure will apply for their municipal registration at Holland Expat Centre South, and the IND representative biometric information at is recorded at the same time.
  • Employees using the VVR procedure will receive their BSN via post within three working days of municipal registration.
  • Employees using the VVR procedure are able to collect VVR from either Holland Expat Center South or Expat Cenre Maastricht Region within two weeks of arrival in the Netherlands. Employers will contact employee to make an appointment for collection.
  • Employees using the TEV procedure are able to collect VVR during the first appointment with Holland Expat Center South and will receive their BSN via post within three working days of municipal registration.

Residence permits for non-EU employees can either be collected from Holland Expat Center South (in Eindhoven) or sent to Expat Centre Maastricht Region as preferred. The process is as follows:

  • the IND sends a notification that the residence permit is ready and provides further information about collecting the permit;
    • residence permit collections take place at Expat Centre Maastricht Region during IND sessions which are held twice per month, every first and third Tuesday of the month. 
    • residence permits can only be collected by appointment from Holland Expat Center South in Eindhoven.