What is the change? The Dutch government has published new government filing fees for 2017 residence permit applications.

What does the change mean? 
Effective Jan. 1, government filing fees will increase for applicants filing for first-time residence permits or renewals, including in the highly skilled migrant, labor migrant, orientation year and family member permit categories.

  • Implementation time frame: Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Visas/permits affected:Residence permits, including highly skilled migrant, labor migrant, orientation year and family member permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers sponsoring applicants in any of the above categories.
  • Business impact:Business costs may increase slightly as a result of the new government fees.

Background: Fees will increase by more than 5 percent in some categories (e.g., the highly skilled migrant category) and less than 2 percent in others (e.g., the family member category). The new fees in key categories next year will be as follows:

Application Category 2016 fee 2017 fee
First Entry
Highly Skilled Migrant €881 €926
Labor Migrant €881 €897
Orientation Year €622 €633
Family Member €233 €237
Highly Skilled Migrant €389 €396
Labor Migrant €389 €396
Family Member €233 €237
Recognized Sponsor Status
Regular Fee €5,183 €5,276
Reduced Fee N/A €2,638

The reduced fee for some recognized sponsors is new and will be available to, among others, companies that employ 50 or fewer people and sponsors in the “exchange” category.

BAL Analysis: Companies should take note of the increased fees and adjust their budgets if necessary.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in the Netherlands. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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