Immigration Services Employers2024-04-08T12:35:29+00:00

Immigration Services

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Your immigration partner for highly skilled migrants.

Immigration Services

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Your immigration partner for Highly Skilled Migrants.

Your immigration partner for expats

Are you in the process of employing a non-EU citizen, but have no idea where to start? All About Expat can guide you as your designated knowledge partner for working with highly skilled migrants. By collaborating with us, you won’t need an expensive immigration lawyer.

Your company can simply outsource all immigration matters to us. It is also possible to temporarily outsource your employment through our payrolling construction with our recognised sponsorship, while we simultaneously arrange the application for your company’s own IND sponsorship.

How our immigration services works

With our immigration services, we take a complex and time-consuming process completely out of your hands. By working with us, you can take advantage of our up-to-date knowledge of issues required to follow the correct procedure for the permit application.

In addition to our advisory role, we also take care of collecting the necessary data from the knowledge migrant and perform the verification for completeness and correctness.

In this way, we ensure that you meet the duty of care, administration and storage obligations and information obligations you are required to meet as an IND recognised sponsor. Are you looking for complete unburdening with immigration?

All About Expats can help your highly skilled migrant start working in no time.

Our Immigration Service includes

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Expat consultancy

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Immigration and settling in

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Recognised sponsorship

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Expat consultancy

A consulting partner for all your immigration-related questions.

The highly skilled migrant scheme can be complex and each permit application is different. As an employer, you would like to have advice from a knowledge partner so that you are well prepared to conduct negotiations with a potential candidate before making them a job offer as well as when renewing or adjusting an employment agreement.

By default, our consultancy is included in our immigration service because we believe in lasting partnerships. You can easily contact us for consulting questions on immigration and employer-related issues, we are happy to assist.

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Highly Skilled Migrant scheme 20242024-03-21T13:05:39+00:00

The Netherlands has a scheme specifically for highly skilled migrant. The scheme makes it easier and faster for companies to bring in highly skilled migrants from outside the Euro zone.

In a nutshell the highly skilled migrant scheme facilitates the admission requirements and time for highly skilled migrants and their employers. Not every company can make use of the highly skilled migrant scheme and not every migrant from outside the EU is eligible either. There are various conditions for the employer and requirements for the highly skilled migrant.

The conditions for this scheme are:

  • The employer is a recognised sponsor of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND).

  • The highly skilled migrant has a signed employment contract with a minimum of three months with a Dutch employer.

  • The employer pays at least the minimum wage for a highly skilled migrant.

  • The highly skilled migrant must be paid with market-level wages.

  • The highly skilled migrant has a valid passport, a Dutch healthcare insurance, and does not pose a threat to the national security.

Income norm for hiring a highly skilled migrant

One of the requirements for hiring a highly skilled migrant is an income norm. These are gross monthly salaries and vary by category.

For 2024, the minimum for highly skilled migrant has been set at:

Age/CategorySalary *
Reduced salary criterion€ 2,801
Under 30 years of age€ 3,909
30 years of age or older€ 5,331

* Excl. 8% holiday allowance

The IND will also check:

  • If the highly skilled migrant has skills and experience that are relatively scarce in the Netherlands;
  • If the highly skilled migrant has a higher educational level (Bachelor minimum);
  • If the highly skilled migrant has a specialization (for example in IT, engineering or science).

Orientation year for students2024-03-21T14:58:37+00:00

Non-EU students who have just graduated and have not yet found a job as a highly skilled migrant can use an orientation year permit. During the year in which this is valid, they are free to work for any employer in the Netherlands, you do not yet have to be a recognized sponsor. An additional advantage for you as an employer is that a reduced salary criterion applies for this specific group of highly skilled migrants.

If you wish to continue employing this employee, you should apply for a highly skilled migrant permit for the employee before the orientation year permit expires. This is only possible if you are an IND approved sponsor when you submit the application.

You are not (yet) an IND recognized sponsor?
We can support you (possibly on a temporary basis) by fulfilling the role of recognized sponsor on your behalf based on our payroll construction.

Video: Promotional video about the orientation year for highly educated persons

A Video of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)

Conditions for the 30% facility2024-03-21T14:40:53+00:00

The highly skilled migrant must meet these conditions to be eligible for the 30% facility:

  • The employee was recruited or transferred by your company from abroad and he or she has lived more than 150 km from the Dutch border for more than 16 months out of a total of 24 months prior to working in the Netherlands.

  • The employee must work for a company that is based in the Netherlands.

  • The employee must have a specific expertise, this is when an employee’s annually income is above the yearly minimum threshold set by the tax authorities.

  • The employee and the employer have written agreement that the 30% facility applies to the circumstance.

When does an employee have a specific expertise in 2023?


The employee has expertise if the salary, not including the tax-free allowance in the Netherlands, is more than: € 41,954 in 2023.

The employee is younger than 30, and has a Dutch academic master’s degree.

Or the employee has obtained an equivalent title in another country?
Then the employee has a specific expertise if the salary, not including the tax-free allowance in the Netherlands, is more than: € 31,891 in 2023.

The employee conducted scientific research.

The employee conducted research at a designated research facility. Or has a doctor training to be a specialist.
In that case, the employee can always make use of the 30% facility. The amount of the salary is not important.

Duration of the 30% facility2024-03-21T14:43:15+00:00

As of January 1, 2019, the maximum term of the 30% ruling is five years, rather than eight years.
The Government has chosen to incorporate a two-year transition period for employees affected by this cut.

Are you looking for support with immigration issues?

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Immigration service

Immigration and settling in

Fully taking over immigration and settling in tasks on your behalf.

With our immigration service for highly skilled migrants, we completely take over the immigration procedure. We arrange the permit application with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (‘IND’) on your behalf as legal employer and recognised sponsor of your own employees. We take over all the hassle regarding all relevant legal matters and settling in of your new employee as a highly skilled expat.

By using our services, a comprehensive immigration service for expats will be included. Making use of our service allows both the highly skilled migrant and you as an employer to rest easy while we take care of all the immigration matters including arranging permits for your employee and, if needed, their family members that they wish to bring along.

What is included:

  • Taking over the immigration procedure for highly skilled migrants and the handling of the permit application.

  • Taking over the immigration procedure for family members of the employee and the handling of the permit application(s) (if applicable).

  • Knowledge partner for consultancy about all relevant IND matters.

  • Arranging municipal registrations.

  • Support to the highly skilled migrant with opening a bank account.

  • Support to the highly skilled migrant with applying for an orientation year highly educated people.

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200+ employers have already selected us as their HR partner for highly skilled migrants.

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Application recognised sponsorship

If desired, we can handle your application to become an IND recognised sponsor.

If you want to employ a non-EU professional as a highly skilled migrants, you will need a recognised sponsorship granted by the IND (Immigration and Naturalization Service). All About Expats as your knowledge partner can help with this process and can send in the application on behalf of your company.

Without a recognised sponsorship it is not possible to employ highly skilled migrants or employees who are at the end of their orientation year. Employing non-EU employees without a recognised sponsorship is illegal and a highly skilled migrant that gets employed runs the risk of getting his or her residence permit withdrawn resulting in a residence gap.

Employers who are recognised sponsors are the only ones permitted to hire highly skilled migrants. The process of becoming a recognised sponsor is hard and costly as it can require a significant amount of time and effort. All About expats is an expert in this field and has experience with the handling of the application for the sponsorship.

Would you like your own company to become an IND recognised sponsor? We can help!

All About Expat is adept at handling the application process to become a recognised sponsor. Simultaneously, since the waiting period for the decision can take up to 6 to 9 months you can make use of our payrolling service so can hire highly skilled migrants to start working without having to wait until the recognised sponsorship for your company is granted.

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More information about application recognised sponsorship

What is IND recognised sponsorship2024-03-21T09:46:09+00:00

As a recognised sponsors of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (‘IND’) a company is allowed to hire highly skilled migrants. In addition, the IND uses a shorter decision period for permit applications submitted by a recognised sponsor. The process of becoming a recognised sponsor is complicated, costly and takes a significant amount of time and effort.

Fortunately, All About Expats is an expert in the expat field and is a recognised IND sponsor. Every year, many employers, intermediaries and recruitment agencies use our services to hire knowledge migrants. This means they no longer need to be concerned about being an IND sponsor or any of the associated obligations and administrative duties. They can already start working with their hired highly skilled migrants immediately while we take care of the administrative matters.

All companies that are recognised sponsors of the IND are included in the Public Register Recognised Sponsors.

All About Expat is adept at handling the application process to become a recognised sponsor. We advise companies on the feasibility of obtaining the sponsorship based on the information you have available as a company. In addition, we can take care of the entire application on your behalf. Also we can take over your immigration process with sending in your highly skilled migrant applications to the IND with our Immigration Service for employers.

Obligations of recognised sponsors2024-03-21T09:59:40+00:00

Being a recognised sponsor comes with obligations including, but not limited to, conducting a careful recruitment & selection process and timely notification of changes. The IND expects all current recognised sponsors to comply with these regulations. If you do not comply, you risk losing the sponsorship and the permits of your highly skilled migrants.

In broad terms, these obligations consist of:

  • Providing highly skilled migrants with information about admission and residence;
  • Keeping and retaining records;
  • Duty of care;
  • Repatriation of the foreign national;
  • Checking regularly for upholding the obligations.

Video: Which duties does a recognised sponsor has to fulfil’ with further explanation.

A Video of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)

30% facility application

If you chose our services as an employer, we will automatically provide the 30% ruling service.
Moreover, we do not offer the 30% ruling as a stand-alone service.

Why use our services instead of an immigration lawyer

Many companies tend to approach an immigration lawyer when they want to hire a highly skilled migrant or when applying for the recognised sponsorship. Their service is in general very expensive and not necessary at all. Also, these immigration lawyers do not offer a direct solution.

All About Expats can offer your company a professional and affordable alternative, we can help your company with hiring a highly skilled migrant in no time.

Our years of experience with immigration matters, handling permit applications and our role as a recognised sponsor allows us to do exactly what immigration lawyers do and even more efficiently. Our speed of service and success rate allows us to have a high efficiency with handling of applications either for recognised sponsorship or highly skilled migrant permits.

Differences between the services of All About Expats and that of immigration lawyers:

  • We know the right questions to ask to get the right information. This service is by default part of our proposition, as opposed to immigration lawyers who charge high hourly rates;
  • We use specialized software for the onboarding of employees as part of the preparation for submitting the application of a highly skilled migrant;

  • With immigration lawyers you have to wait to be a recognised sponsor in order to hire highly skilled migrants, while with us the highly skilled migrant can start working almost directly by making use of our payrolling service;
  • We help the highly skilled migrant with settling in.

Extra services we offer that immigration lawyers do not:

Extra services we offer that immigration lawyers do not:

  • Completely taking over the immigration procedure for highly skilled migrants and IND application;

  • Support with the immigration of the family of the employee included (if applicable);

  • Arranging municipal registrations;

  • Support opening a bank account;

  • Includes 30% facility services (if applicable);

  • Answering questions for highly skilled migrants and employer free of charge;

  • Payroll solutions if your organization is not yet an recognised sponsor of the IND or does not (yet) have a physical presence in the Netherlands.

Why All About Expats

More and more employers and highly skilled migrants choose All About Expats as their HR partner for highly skilled migrants.

We as a company consider practicing good employership, being knowledgeable and upholding high standards and quality as important.

With this, we offer you and your employee complete unburdening in all areas.

Our comprehensive package for highly skilled migrant includes continuous support in all fields to keep your mind at ease while we take care of the administrative matters.

IND recognised sponsorship

Excellent price/quality ratio

Quick and clear communication

20+ years of experience

Continuous support

Fast response time

What employers say about us

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“All About Expats quickly responded to our request for support. They were very responsive and knowledgeable throughout the process. Their service made it possible for us to hire a promising candidate from outside the EU.”

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Maarten Zwitserloot, Employer

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“We have been working with All About Expats since this year. We want to hire someone urgently and All About Expats was fast, clear and transparent in communication. I would recommend it to anyone.”

Jill Brouwers, Employer

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“All About Expats helped us to establish a good local operation in the Netherlands. The support has been beyond expectations and all doubts and queries has been handled very professionally.”

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Thomas Borgstrom, Employer

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