If you want to attract specialised employees from abroad, often referred to as highly skilled migrants, the Netherlands specifies that you need to acquire the status of recognised sponsor. Highly skilled migrants can follow a simplified procedure for acquiring work and residence permits. As of 1 January 2017, the administration fee for becoming a recognised sponsor will be reduced from €5,183 to €2,592 for small businesses and startups with fewer than 50 employees – a saving of €2,591. This policy change not only makes it easier, but it is also more appealing for small businesses and startups to become a recognised sponsor and actively reach out to international talent.
In addition, make sure to also check out the regulations around the EU Blue Card.
The 30% ruling is a tax advantage for foreign employees who want to start working in the Netherlands. This benefit also counts for entrepreneurs who are officially employed by their private limited company (BV) or public limited company (NV) in the Netherlands. Click on the following link for more information and to see if you are eligible for this attractive tax advantage or read our article on the 30% ruling.