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    VisaVersa | Visa, Travel & Residence | service netherlands

    Applying for a work visa or permanent residence permit can be a complicated and time-consuming process. VisaVersa has extensive experience with different types of visa applications and we can provide great value to our clients by guiding them efficiently through the visa application procedure.

    We will help you:

    • Choose the right visa
    • Gather all necessary documentation
    • File your visa application with IND
    • Communicate with IND throughout the process

    Dutch Visa types

    The different Visa types of the Netherlands

    There are several immigration options available for Dutch companies wishing to bring a foreign employee to the Netherlands, such as the highly Skilled Migrant Program, the European Blue Card and various other specific types of Work Permits.

    The Highly Skilled Migrant Program allows Dutch companies to employ a highly educated foreign national through a fast and relatively simple application procedure.

    Entrepreneurs and investors wanting to establish a company in the Netherlands can take advantage of visa categories for that specific purpose.

    The Dutch American Friendship Treaty offers a simplified procedure for American entrepreneurs that want to set up a business in the Netherlands.

    There are generally three visa options available when employees are transferred to the Dutch office of an international company: the European ICT Directive, the national ICT program and via the highly Skilled Migrant Program.

    Experience with IND and Schengenvisa

    We will work with you to determine the optimal immigration solution and we will compile and file the visa application with the Dutch Immigration Service (IND).We have extensive knowledge of Dutch immigration law. 

    How does the application process work?

    Our experts will help you with your request


    Orientation and choice of strategy

    First there will be an initial phone conversation where the specific situation of the applicant will be discussed in more detail. This discussion will generally include the education, experience and job title of the applicant.


    Collect information and prepare visa application

    VisaVersa has a checklist available for every type of visa application that indicates what information we need. With the information we receive, we can start compiling the visa application. Often there will be a number of iterations.


    Submit visa application

    The Immigration Service or Consulate may ask additional questions based on the information submitted. These questions must be answered before the application can proceed. Additional information will often be required from the applicant or company.


    Pick up or receive visa

    VisaVersa assists in setting the appointment and preparing for it.

    Why VisaVersa?

    In the past 25+ years we have built an excellent track record with a success rate (approved visa applications) exceeding 99%. This success is based on the following key elements of our client-focused approach to immigration:

    Selecting the Right Visa

    We aim to provide a clear overview of all visa options available to our clients from the perspective of the applicant as well as their employer. Usually visa options are first discussed by phone, if necessary followed by a meeting with all parties involved in the visa application (in person or online).

    These discussions include a fair share of Dutch honesty (or bluntness, as some might call it): if we feel the basis for a visa application is not strong enough we will say so and might not even take the case.

    Preparing the Visa Application

    At the start we provide a detailed overview of all information required for a particular visa application. Often these requirements are not documented in detail on official forms or checklists, but our experience tells us what information is necessary.

    Filling out forms is just a minor part of a visa application. We feel that compiling a visa application is often more akin to writing a thesis. That is why we often ask for additional or more detailed information from our clients to better 'tell the story' of our clients' visa application.

    Communication and Support

    Depending on the type of visa, the application procedure can take weeks, months and sometimes even years.

    We prepare our clients for this, and always aim to guide them through the process as quickly as possible.

    The Covid years were an exercise in patience for us and our clients: never have we experienced so many changes, stops & starts and frustrating delays. Hopefully the future will bring us a more stable immigration environment.

    Clear Overview of Costs

    Most of our services are based on a ‘flat fee’. This way there won’t be any surprises about the cost of a visa application.

    Before we start work on a visa application, a written agreement is always drawn up between VisaVersa and the client. The agreement will describe the services we will provide and the associated fees. This includes VisaVersa fees, expected government fees and various additional fees (legalization, translation, shipping fees, etc.)

    Customized Expat Policy

    For clients with frequent employee transfers between countries we assist in preparing travel policies and expatriation policies. These expat policies describe in detail when a visa is necessary and what employees qualify for a particular type of visa.

    It is our experience that this helps streamline expatriate processes in client organizations and helps in managing expectations when a potential transfer is discussed in the company.

    Monitoring Visa Validity

    We keep track of visa validity dates for all our clients. This ensures that visa renewals are started on time and minimizes any last minute surprises.

    We generally aim to start with renewals of visas approximately 6 months before they are about to expire.

    Contact us

    Are you looking for a visa for yourself or your employees? Contact us at +31 (0)78-7518450 or ask your question in this form:

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