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Recognized sponsorship – IND Netherlands

Being recognized by the IND as a sponsor means that the IND considers the recognized sponsor as a reliable employer who can partake in the highly skilled migrant regulation. The IND will trust the statements and actions of the recognized sponsor. However, that doesn’t mean that the IND won’t monitor and oversee the duties of the recognized sponsor.   

If you’re a company that wishes to hire a highly skilled migrant, you’ll have to be a sponsor who’s recognized by the IND as such. The IND will eventually decide whether or not a company will be recognized as a sponsor. The recognized sponsorship application procedure will be the deciding factor on whether or not you can partake in the highly skilled migrant regulation It is very important that your recognized sponsorship application will be taken care of in an adequate manner. 

The IND will ultimately issue a decision on the recognized sponsorship application. The course of the application procedure depends on the following factors:

· The company has existed for less than 1.5 years;

· The company has existed for more than 1.5 years but less than 3 years;

· The company has been in existence for 3 years or more.

If the company has existed for less than 1,5 years, the IND will forward the application to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). RVO is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. RVO will provide the IND with an advice that covers the continuity and solvency of your company. In this case, there is a chance that the procedure could take up to 6 months.

If your company has existed for more than 1.5 years but has existed for less than 3 years, there is a good chance that the IND will forward the application to RVO. If the IND has doubts about the continuity and solvency of your company, the IND will forward the application to RVO. Despite the fact that your company exists for more than 1.5 years. Our experience shows that the IND will forward the application to RVO.

If your company has been in existence for more than 3 years, the IND will most likely handle your application without forwarding the recognized sponsorship application to RVO.

INLS would happily manage the recognized sponsorship application procedure on your behalf. Given our experience with the at the highly skilled migrant unit within the IND, INLS will manage your recognized sponsorship application adequately.  

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

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The costs for the procedure are €700, (exclusive of the VAT and IND fees)

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Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions about Recognized sponsorship visa application

Yes, if the NFIA is involved in the establishment of your company and the NFIA issues a declaration of involvement. In this case the IND will issue a decision within four to five weeks.

Yes in the following cases; 

  • The company is a subsidiary that is fully owned by a company that has already been recognized as a sponsor by the IND;

  • The company is the result of a merger and both companies of the merger are recognized by the IND as a sponsor;

  • The company has been taken over by a company that is already recognized by the IND as a sponsor;

The legal form of the company that has been recognized as a sponsor by the IND has changed, and the notarial deed states that the business activities has not been expanded and that the authority in the new company remains the same as before

The IND fees for the recognized sponsorship application are €4125,- If your company consists of less than 50 workers, then the IND fees are €2062,- The IND fees are also €2062 in the following cases; 

  • The company has already been recognized by the IND as a sponsor and the company is the result of a merger. Both companies of the merger are recognized by the IND as a sponsor;

  • The company has already been recognized by the IND as a sponsor but the company has been taken over by a company that is also already recognized by the IND as a sponsor;

  • The company has already been recognized by the IND as a sponsor and the legal form of the company that has been recognized as a sponsor by the IND has changed, and the notarial deed states that the business activities has not been expanded and that the authority in the new company remains the same as before.

If the IND forwards the application to RVO, then the recognized sponsorship application procedure can take up to six months. If the IND will take a decision without an advice from RVO, the recognized sponsorship application procedure will take 4 to 5 weeks

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The information contained in this site is for general guidance on matters of interest only. The application and impact of laws can vary widely based on the specific facts involved. Given the changing nature of laws, rules and regulations, and the inherent hazards of electronic communication, there may be delays, omissions or inaccuracies in information contained in this site. Accordingly, the information on this site is provided with the understanding that INLS is not liable for the above content. As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with our professionals before making any decision or taking any action.

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