Visa application

How do I get my visa for the Netherlands?

When all the necessary documents are available to us and signed we apply for a combined permit for residence and work (MVV). We submit the request to the IND, whereupon the IND requests the UWV for a recommendation on the scarcity on the Dutch labour market.

When the MVV is approved we will receive a letter and you can collect it at the Dutch embassy in the your native country. When you are in the Netherlands you will also have to go to the IND to pick up the permit.

What documents do I need for my Visa?

To complete the visa process swiftly we need all of the documents as described in this list in addition to your application.

1. A copy of the photo page/inside cover of your valid passport
If you do not have a passport valid for the next 2 years, we recommend you apply for one immediately and have it processed as quickly as possible. Passport processing times are unpredictable.

2. Your personal resume
Preferably in word-format and should be written in English.

3. A photocopy of your highest education diploma and the grade lists of every year of your highest education.
The photocopies of your diploma and grade lists are needed to complete the visa process for the IND. Preferably in PDF-format and should be written in English.

4. The result of the credential evaluation of your diploma .
A credential evaluation indicates with which Dutch level a foreign diploma is comparable. To apply you need to register, add the requested information and upload your diploma’s and gradelist. You can request this evaluation here.

5. Antecedents statement (criminal background check)
On this form you fill in whether you have ever committed a crime or a criminal offence. These are crimes committed in the Netherlands and criminal offences committed outside the Netherlands. You must answer the questions with Yes or No. The antecedents certificate can be found here.

6. Declaration of intend to undergo a TB test
In order to obtain a residence permit, you must be prepared to undergo a tuberculosis (TB) test and – if necessary -treatment. The form can be found here.
The obligation to undergo the test does not apply if you are a national of one of the countries listed in the appendix ‘Exemption from the obligation to undergo a tuberculosis (TB) test’. This appendix can be found here.

7. Why a TB test
More information about why you need to undergo a TB test in multiple languages can be found here.

8. The MVV issue form
The MVV issue form can be found here.

9. References of your former employer(s)
The IND requires a reference of a former employer to apply for a visa. We recommend that you provide 2 or more references.

10. Excel form – IND long stay visa residence permit
Complete the requested information in the excel form and return with all other documents, information and necessary attachments to us. You can download this excel form here.

11. Signed contracts
When your application is accepted by the company we will send you a written contract in Dutch and English.

Who can apply for the IND visa process?

To be eligible for a visa you need to meet certain requirements. The highly skilled immigrant procedure scheme is created to make the Netherlands attractive to professionals who are needed to strengthen the Dutch economy, culture and science research. This scheme has simplified the procedure of bringing highly educated employees to the Netherlands. However, strict legislation and regulations do apply, both for the application procedure as for the completion of the work and salary.

Additional conditions

Besides the conditions that apply to all migrants with a nationality other than EU/EER and Switzerland, the following applies to highly skilled workers:

1. You must have an employment contract with an employer or research institution in the Netherlands which is a recognized sponsor by the Dutch Immigration & Naturalisation Services (IND). Jobpertunity is a recognized sponsor;

2. You will earn sufficient income;

3. The agreed wage is in accordance with market conditions.

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