Registration procedures highly-skilled migrants and scientific researchers
- 04 November 2016
- 30 January 2017
The Municipality of The Hague and Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) have introduced a Dutch residency procedure for highly-skilled migrants and scientific researchers in The Hague International Centre.
This procedure applies only to highly-skilled migrants and scientific researchers who are working for a company or organisation which is authorised as a sponsor by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). They should also live or work in The Hague, Delft, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Rijswijk and Wassenaar.
The company may already submit an application for a residence permit before the applicant arrives in the Netherlands. The application forms can be found on the website of the IND:
- Application for the purpose of residence of ‘highly skilled migrant’ (recognised sponsor)
- Application for the purpose of residence of ‘scientific researcher’ (recognised sponsor)
How does it work?
With just one visit to The Hague International Centre (THIC) highly-skilled migrants can register in the Personal Records Database of the municipality (BRP, formerly the GBA) and be issued a citizen service number (BSN) and residence permit on the spot. This so-called one-stop shop takes approximately 4 weeks (from the time the application is submitted until the visit to the THIC).
If you already received a residence permit, you can also apply for a citizen service number (BSN) at the THIC as long as you live in The Hague region.
This procedure applies to:
- Highly-skilled migrants and scientific researchers who will live in the Municipality of The Hague, Delft, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Rijswijk and Wassenaar and work at a company authorised as a sponsor by the IND.
- Accompanying family members of the highly-skilled migrants and scientific researchers.
What you need at the appointment
- A valid proof of identity. This may not be a driving licence.
- Proof of Occupancy.
If you do not yet have a place of residence, you can (temporarily) register with the municipality using your company’s address as long as the company is located in The Hague, Delft, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Rijswijk and Wassenaar.
- A recently-issued original birth certificate. If you are married, a recently-issued original marriage certificate. These documents are only needed for the first registration or if you have never shown your certificates before. They will be reviewed during your appointment. These documents are not required in order to register. Both documents can also be presented at a later date.
How do I apply / What do I need to do?
- Highly-skilled migrants and scientific researchers will be told by their employer when they have an appointment with the Expat Service at The Hague International Centre. You can also make an appointment with The Hague International Centre by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can complete the appointment form online.
- You need to appear in person at the appointment. Family members who are using this registration procedure must come along as well.
Documents from certain countries must be legalised or have an apostille. You can find more information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Some foreign documents must be translated into Dutch by a certified translator. Check which rules apply under Translating foreign documents.
This service is provided free of charge.
How long does it take?
You will be registered in the BRP during your appointment. You will then also get your Burgerservicenummer (BSN) right away.