During your stay/employment in the Netherlands

LIMES comments on COVID-19 immigration measures

Last updated: May 29th, 2020

Your employee (temporarily) no longer meets the salary criteria
Under the obligation for sponsors to provide information, you must report this to the IND within 4 weeks. This might affect the residence rights of your employee. Feel free to contact us if the salary criteria can no longer be met.

We advise you to make sure that you record these changes because of your duty to keep records.

Your Dutch residence permit will expire and you should normally collect a residence endorsement sticker, because your new Dutch residence permit is not available yet, but your case is not urgent
The IND does currently only issue residence endorsement stickers for urgent matters and does not consider this as an urgent case. You will continue to have the same rights as you have/had based on your Dutch residence permit, provided that an application for extension was submitted prior to the expiration date. For example, if you were authorised to work based on your expired Dutch residence permit, you can continue work without a residence endorsement sticker.

You want to exchange your foreign driving licence into a Dutch driving licence
If you need/want to exchange your foreign driving license, you have to arrange this at your local Municipal Authority within 185 days of your registration date at the Dutch population register (BRP). Please contact your local Municipal Authorities for scheduling an appointment with regard to their measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Should our assistance be required with contacting the local Municipal Authorities, please let us know.

Your EU driving licence will expire on or after March 16, 2020
If you already have an EU driving licence, due to the measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19, all EU driving licence (which are expired or will expire as of March 16, 2020) do not have to be extended and will stay valid until June 1, 2020. Please contact your local Municipal Authorities for scheduling an appointment with regard to their measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Should our assistance be required with contacting the local Municipal Authorities, please let us know.

Your Dutch residence permit expired/you no longer have the right to stay in the Netherlands, but you can not travel back to your country
If you are in the Netherlands and your Dutch residence permit is expired, you can request an extension of your Dutch residence permit. If an extension is not possible (i.e. you do not have an employer anymore), then you must leave the Netherlands, if possible. The Dutch government understands that it may be difficult to return during this period, therefore the Dutch government will be less strict in controlling people who stay longer than allowed. Nevertheless, the Dutch government does expect you to try to return to your country.

We advise you to keep record of your attempts to leave the Netherlands (e.g. proof that the borders are still closed/no traffic is available) and to provide a weekly update to your (ex)employer.

Your employee is abroad and is not able to return to the Netherlands
Under the obligation for sponsors to provide information, it might be necessary to report this to the IND, this depends on e.g. whether the employment will temporarily be continued abroad and how many days the employee has spent abroad during the last year.

Publication date: April 8th, 2020

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