Skilled migrants’ families to get priority

The immigration service (IND) is to streamline the admission of family members of high-skilled migrants (kennismigranten), cutting their wait to enter the country from several months down to two weeks, justice minister Nebahat Albayrak told parliament on Friday.

‘The scheme covers well-educated foreigners coming to the Netherlands to work under a 2004 ruling which means they do not need a traditional work permit and can accelerate issuing of residency at a special branch of the immigration service in Rijswijk.
Around 8,800 people have so far used the scheme, mostly working in IT, industry and as scientists. They largely come from the USA, India and Japan.

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