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Blue Card

Process to apply for the EU Blue Card

Highly educated workers can apply for the EU Blue card in the Netherlands, if they meet the criteria that we mentioned in our previous article on work permits for employees.
In this article, we explain the full process to obtain a EU Blue card in The Netherlands.

There are two different procedures:

  1. Procedures where an mvv is required

  2. Procedures where an mvv is not required

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An mvv is an entrance visa. It is depending on your nationality whether you must apply for an mvv. Not everyone has to apply for an mvv. You don’t need to apply for an mvv when you are a citizen of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Monaco, The Vatican, The USA, South Korea, Switzerland or An EU member.

There are two different forms for becoming an EU blue card holder:

  1. One for recognized sponsors                              https://ind.nl/en/Forms/7513.pdf 

  2. One for sponsors                                                 https://ind.nl/en/Forms/7517.pdf

A sponsor is a person or organization having an interest in the residence of a third-country national in The Netherlands. When you engage this foreign employee, you will become the sponsor for the employee.

In some cases, it is obligatory to become a recognized sponsor. Becoming a recognized sponsor also has advantages; for example, the IND will handle your applications faster. More information on becoming a recognized sponsor can be found on https://ind.nl/en/work/Pages/Recognition_as_a_sponsor.aspx  

Recognized sponsor

Before submitting an application for a permit, the necessary documents and paperwork must have been collected. Foreign documents must have been legalized and translated too. Bear in mind that this can take some time. It also costs money.

Recognized sponsors need to enclose the following documents with the form:

  • The completed appendix ‘Antecedents certificate’; 

  • A copy of the foreign national’s passport (only the identity details and stamped pages);

  • The completed appendix ‘Direct debit collection’;

  • The appendix ‘Engagement letter’ from the employer, as completed, showing the details of the current employment at the employer established outside the EU, the transfer and the details of the position and reward at the Dutch employer.

  • If the antecedent’s certificate is not signed and / or if the foreign national has not declared that he or she has no antecedents: 

  • The antecedents certificate.

Biometric information (fingerprints, passport photo) and signature

The foreign national must have his fingerprints and facial image (passport photo) taken to determine his identity. The biometric information is also required to create a residence permit. For the residence permit the IND also needs a signature of the foreign national. See the appendix ‘Fingerprints, passport photo and signature’.

Regular sponsor

Before submitting an application for a permit, the necessary documents and paperwork must have been collected. Foreign documents must have been legalized and translated too. Bear in mind that this can take some time. It also costs money.

A sponsor needs to add the following documentary evidence to the application:

 

  • A copy of the passport of the foreign national (only the pages showing the identity details and stamped pages); 

  • The appendix ‘Declaration of intent to undergo a TB test’ as completed;

  • The appendix ‘employers declaration;

  • The appendix ‘Declaration by sponsor (employment)’ as completed and signed;

  • The appendix ‘Antecedents certificate as completed by the foreign national;

  • The appendix ‘Engagement letter’ from the employer as completed, showing the details of the current employment at the employer abroad, the transfer and the details of the position at the Dutch employer;

Biometric information (fingerprints, passport photo) and signature

​​The foreign national must have his fingerprints and facial image (passport photo) taken to determine his identity. The biometric information is also required to create a residence permit. For the residence permit the IND also needs a signature of the foreign national. See the appendix ‘Fingerprints, passport photo and signature’.

Procedure where an mvv is required

Step one:

In order to travel to the Netherlands, the employee needs an mvv. The employer needs to file the application for the mvv and residence permit at the same time. When the IND has received the application, the IND will send a letter stating how their fees must be paid.

Step two:

The IND will also send a letter to the Dutch sponsor. In this letter the IND states the period in which they will make a decision.

The IND also checks whether the application is complete, and all fees have been paid.

Step three:

The IND must make their decision within 90 days. The decision will be sent by post.

Step four:

When a positive decision is made, the mvv can be collected from the Dutch representation in the home country of the employee. This must be done within three months after the positive decision.

Note: The passport of the employee must be valid for at least 6 months upon collecting the mvv. The employee must give its biometric information upon collecting the mvv.

Step five:

The employee can now travel to The Netherlands. The mvv allows the employee to travel within the Schengen area.

Step six:

The IND has the residence permit ready for pick up within two weeks following the arrival of the employee. A letter will confirm this. Collecting the residence permit requires an appointment. This appointment must be made on the website of the IND. https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Making-an-appointment-online.aspx

Step seven:

When the employee arrives in The Netherlands he has to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) where he or she is going to live.

https://www.government.nl/topics/personal-data/personal-records-database-brp 

To register, the employee requires to have a legalized and translated birth certificate.

Step eight:

From the application it becomes clear whether a tuberculosis test is required. When a TB test is required, the employee must take the test within three months after his arrival in The Netherlands.

Step nine:

Within four months after the arrival of the employee he or she is required to take out health care. This is required for everyone living in The Netherlands.

Validity:

The residence permit has a validation for the duration of the employment contract with an addition of three months. With a maximum of four years.

The costs of the application are € 285.

Procedure where an mvv is not required

Step one:

The employer applies for the ICT permit. When the IND has received the application, the IND will send a letter stating how their fees must be paid. The employee does not require an mvv permit, meaning that he or she can travel to The Netherlands. The ICT permit application has to be filed with the IND within three months after the arrival of the employee.

Step two:

The IND will also send a letter to the Dutch sponsor. In this letter the IND states the period in which they will make a decision.

 

The IND also checks whether the application is complete, and all fees have been paid.

Step three:

The IND must make their decision within 90 days. The decision will be sent by post.

Step four:

The IND has the residence permit ready for pick up within two weeks following the arrival of the employee. A letter will confirm this. Collecting the residence permit requires an appointment. This appointment must be made on the website of the IND.

https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Making-an-appointment-online.aspx

Step five:

When the employee arrives in The Netherlands he has to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) where he or she is going to live.

https://www.government.nl/topics/personal-data/personal-records-database-brp 

To register, the employee requires to have a legalized and translated birth certificate.

Step six:

From the application it becomes clear whether a tuberculosis test is required. When a TB test is required, the employee must take the test within three months after his arrival in The Netherlands.

Step seven:

Within four months after the arrival of the employee he or she is required to take out health care. This is required for everyone living in The Netherlands.

Validity:

The residence permit has a validation for the duration of the employment contract with an addition of three months. With a maximum of four years.

The costs of the application are € 285.

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