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Cheaper residence permits for international students and alumni in NL

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With effect from 3 May 2018, the fees for several residence permit types – including those covering study, internships and the orientation year – are significantly reduced. It is now cheaper for companies to hire knowledge migrants. This has recently been decided by the Dutch government.

The application fee for a study permit is reduced from €321 to €192. The application fee for a residence permit for the orientation year has drop sharply: from €644 to €285. This is a positive change, as many graduates found the current rates too high and therefore did not submit an application.

The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) charges a fee for services such as applying for a residence permit. The basic principle for calculating the fees is that they should cover organisational costs as much as possible. The current fees were calculated before the Modern Migration Policy Act dramatically changed the IND’s working process in 2013 and thus changes to the fees were also necessary.

New calculations revealed that most of the fees should be adjusted to lower ones. This is due to the fact that, for example, application processes have been simplified in recent years thanks to digitisation. As a result, it has become easier for the IND to handle applications.

Retaining international talent
The combined application (residence and work permit, the Single Permit) required for international student interns who are studying abroad and will do an internship of more than 90 days in the Netherlands will also become considerably cheaper, dropping from €802 to €570 as of 3 May. The cost of a knowledge migrant application will decrease significantly as well, from €938 to €582.

It is now cheaper for employers and institutions to retain international talent from outside the EU. They may only apply for residence permits for international talents if they have concluded a framework agreement (recognised sponsor status) with the IND. The one-off costs for this framework agreement has been lowered from €5,345 to €3,861, making it easier for organisations to recruit international talents.

No increases
Fees for services that were found to have a higher cost than the current rate, such as applications for scientific researchers, have been left unchanged. This means there are no rate increases.

Introduction of new fees
The new fees apply to applications submitted on or after 3 May 2018. This is the earliest date on which the necessary adjustments can be made to the IND’s IT system (Indigo). The application submission date will therefore determine the size of the fee. In the case of student residence permits, this may affect work processes (such as invoicing) which have already been set in motion.

Overview of new rates
An explanation of the fee reductions can be found in the letter (in Dutch) sent to the Dutch House of Representatives. The IND has also posted a news item on its website with the full overview of the new fees.

Source: Nuffic

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