‘Knowledge Migrant’ Scheme successful, according to Survey
January 22, 2006 Leave a Comment
The Dutch Cabinet has endorsed a proposal submitted by Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk on the evaluation of the scheme offering rapid admittance procedures for highly skilled migrants.
A customer survey showed that the scheme contributes to the attractiveness of the Netherlands as the place of residence for highly skilled foreign nationals and their family members.
The competitiveness of the Dutch economy and the competitive position of Dutch companies has improved as a result of its introduction. Employers consider it to be quick, clear and easily accessible. The scheme is meant to attract top talent that is not readily available in the Dutch labour market and companies and research institutions use it in particular to lure international managers, researchers and ICT personnel over the age of thirty to come to the Netherlands. The survey shows that a lot of employers of small and medium-sized businesses use the scheme as well.
Between 1 January 2005 and 1 December 2005, 1,393 residence permits were issued to these ‘knowledge migrants’. Up to date, nearly 1,100 employers have signed a declaration enabling them to use the accelerated entry procedure. About three-quarters of these companies have already availed themselves of this arrangement.
As a result of the scheme, highly skilled migrants are assisted much more rapidly because they only have to deal with one departmental section and one document. Their income must be at least 45,000 euro if they are older than thirty years or 33,000 euro if they are younger.
The Immigration and Naturalisation Service usually reaches a decision within two weeks on a knowledge migrant’s application. Under the scheme, it is no longer required to apply for a work permit. Furthermore, the migrant with special skills may be granted a regular residence permit for the duration of a maximum period of five years.
The Government also wants to speed up and simplify the procedure for migrants who do not fall under the definition of highly skilled migrants but who would make a contribution to a dynamic knowledge economy. The Cabinet wishes to develop a modern admissions policy for this purpose, one that is more in line with society’s needs. The Government will present a policy document outlining such a modern migration policy in the spring of 2006.
Source: Ministry of Justice, 20 January 2006