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Intra Corporate Transferee Directive (ICT) – IND Netherlands

The Intra Corporate Transferee Directive (ICT) is a directive which is meant for multinational companies.
The ICT directive is obligatory upon foreign entities who wish to transfer their employee to an entity in the Netherlands.

If the criteria – as mentioned below – are met, the transferee will be eligible for an ICT residence permit. 

The company have to meet the following criteria: 

  • The Dutch company can’t offer a Dutch labour contract to the transferee, the transferee has to have and has to maintain a labour contract with the sending company from outside of the Netherlands;
  • The employer can’t be sanctioned in the 5 years prior to the application. The company hasn’t received a sanction for violating Section 2 of the Foreign Nationals Employment Act (Wav) or for not paying or not paying sufficient wage tax or contributions for employee insurance or national insurance schemes.

The transferee has to meet the following criteria: 

  • The transferee has to be a specialist, manager or trainee;
  • The salary has to be competitive;
  • If the transferee is a specialist or manager, he/ she has to have a bachelor degree or at least 5 years of working experience;
  • If the transferee is a trainee, he/she has to hold a master degree.

For the transferee, the salary criterium is equal to the highly skilled migrant salary criterium.  

The salary criterium for the transferees are: 

  • For a transferee who’s younger than 30 years old, the monthly gross salary criterium is €3549, excluding the holiday allowance;
  • For a transferee who’s 30 years old or older, the monthly gross salary criterium is €4840, excluding the holiday allowance.

The company doesn’t have to recognized by the IND as a sponsor per se. However, if the company is not recognized by the IND as a sponsor, the IND will forward the ICT application to UWV. UWV will provide an advice to the IND. The advice from the UWV relates to the competitiveness of the salary. So it would be preferable if the company is a recognized sponsor. 

Give our experience at the highly skilled migrant unit at the IND, INLS would be more than happy to manage the ICT application procedure for you.

Please refer to the FAQ list below for more information about the ICT application.

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The costs for the procedure are €550, (exclusive of the VAT and IND fees)

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Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions about Intra Corporate Transferee Directive (ICT) visa application

Every ICT transferee who is residing in the country of origin needs an mvv, except for citizens of the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. The mvv procedure is indeed included within the ICT procedure

  • the ICT procedure usually takes no longer than 2-3 weeks for recognized companies;
  • For non-recognized companies, the procedure can take up to 10 12 weeks, given the fact that the IND will forward the ICT application of non-recognized companies to UWV.

As an employer you must oversee that the salary is always guaranteed and paid to the transferee. You’re also responsible that the transferee always works within the company. If the transferee resigns from the job, then you need to notify us immediately so we can start the deregistration process

The costs of INLS for managing the deregistration procedure are €150 exclusive of the VAT costs

The IND fees for the ICT application are €320 and €69 for Turkish citizens. Citizens from Israel and San Marino are exempted from paying the fees.   

The ICT permit is valid for a maximum of 3 years

Yes, it is possible. INLS manages the application for the spouse or partner as well. Please visit our partner of a Dutch residence permit holder page and family of a Dutch residence permit holder page.  

No the ICT residence permit is not extendable after the residence permit expires. The alternatives are: 

  • Applying for a highly skilled migrant permit. In this case, the transferee has to have a Dutch labor contract with the Dutch company;

Applying for an EU- blue card residence permit. In this case, the transferee also has to have a Dutch labor contract with the Dutch company

Yes, INLS does also manage the 30% ruling application. Our costs for the 30% ruling application are €450,- exclusive of the VAT costs.  

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