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Brexit, what else?

As of midnight 31 January 2020, Brexit is no longer a theoretical debate but a fact of life. However, due to the 11-month transition period running until the very end of the year, nothing will immediately change for British nationals registered in the Netherlands.

Until the end of 2020, British nationals registered in the Netherlands can continue to live and work in The Netherlands without a permit. Should you have received a temporary residence permit in March or October 2020, you can discard it as this was merely a safety measure in case there would have been a no-deal Brexit. The IND will send all British nationals currently registered in The Netherlands this information letter at their registered address. It is therefore very important to check that you and / or any British family members are registered at the correct address in the municipal database (Basisregistratie Personen or BRP). If you are unsure, please visit your local municipality or check online with a DigiD.

British nationals relocating to the Netherlands during the transition period will still be allowed to register at their municipality without a permit as well. Since all municipal databases are linked to the IND, this means the IND is thereby automatically informed of their arrival.

From 1 January 2021 onwards, British nationals living in the Netherlands will need a residence permit. The IND will therefore send out an invitation to British nationals registered in the Netherlands before 31 January 2020 or during the transition period to apply for one. As this currently concerns about 45,000 people, the IND needs to spread the ensuing workload and will therefore send out these letters in batches of around 4,000 per month throughout 2020. They will start with those who have been registered the longest. Should family members registered at the same address have registered separately, the earliest registration date will be leading for the date the invitation is sent to all family members.

Please note: No immigration action therefore needs to be taken until you have received an invitation from the IND, which will be towards the end of the year for recent arrivals.

The IND advises British nationals to apply for a DigiD to able to issue an online application easily and receive mail digitally. If you do not have a DigiD yet, please apply for one online here. You can get additional security by installing sms verification on the DigiD app. Make sure that you will also receive mail from the IND digitally with the following steps:

  • Use your DigiD to log in to MijnOverheid.
  • Access your Berichtenbox (Message Box) where you can receive digital mail from government institutions, including the IND.
  • Go to Instellingen (Settings) and under Landelijke Organisaties, check Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst (IND).

The application process, costing €58 for adults and €31 for children under 18, is explained in this IND infographic. The conditions to receive the residence permit are the same as those that were applicable to British nationals before Brexit already.

Should you have a permanent EU residence document (EU duurzaam verblijf), you will not need to go through an application process, but you will be invited to exchange your current residence card for a new one. Again, please wait until you have received this invitation from the IND. British nationals with a permanent Dutch national residence permit or who also have another EU nationality do not need a (new) residence document and will therefore not receive any letters.

More detailed information and informative animations can be found on ind.nl/Brexit and on the IND’s Brexit Q&A page.

i-Mobility joins Eres Relocation

Dear visitor,

It gives me great pleasure to let you know that as per January 2020, i-Mobility Relocation joined Eres Relocation. 
 
Background
eres was founded in 2007 by Elaine Hery and José Antonio de Ros, who have both been in the Mobility Industry since the early 90’s. Today, eres is a renowned and privately-owned Destination Services Provider (DSP) with 8 offices in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and now the Netherlands. The company embodies the clear ambition to offer high-quality immigration and relocation services all over Europe and is on its way to become the first European full-service DSP in the Industry. We share the same core values, the same love for our profession and the same leadership style. We are very proud to be the first Northern European country to join, adding our signature Dutch qualities to the mix! 
 
Why
On a personal level, this merger offers a challenge to further develop in my role, an opportunity to grow and learn more about our business in a larger context. It matches my strategy for growth of the Dutch business perfectly. For my team, the larger and more international context means opportunities to learn from colleagues in a different cultural setting and perhaps even an internship abroad! All this is invigorating to me. Yet, most of all I believe that by becoming part of this larger-scale provider and offering their state-of-the-art IT solution for the Mobility Industry in the Netherlands, we will be able to better serve our clients with exactly what is needed in these new times: a combination of our unchanged full attention with all the possibilities modern IT can add.

How does this impact you
Actually, it will be business as usual, as if nothing had changed. We are still your local DSP in The Netherlands and you will still be able to reach us via our phone numbers. Our current mail addresses will seamlessly be re-directed to the new ones. By the end of March 2020, we should have fully transitioned into the new identity and it’s our ambition to have the IT solution up and running as per July 2020!
 
New Decade
After 11 years as i-Mobility, we are now stepping into the future as Eres Relocation Netherlands and I invite you to join us on this very exciting new journey!

amsterdam@eresrelocation.com
www.eresrelocation.com

+31 23 73 70 102

I very much look forward to continuing our relationship with you under our new name and thank you for your continued trust! 

Happy New Year,

 

Cristian

 

Highly skilled migrants in 2020

Highly Skilled Migrants in 2020
As they do every year, the IND has raised the salary criteria for highly skilled migrants for next year. When negotiating salaries to bring new transferees to the Netherlands, please keep the following minimum gross monthly salaries in mind for applications received by the IND in 2020:
  • Highly skilled migrants 30 years or older: EUR 4,612.
  • Highly skilled migrants younger than 30 years: EUR 3,381.
  • Highly skilled migrants following an orientation year for highly educated persons, or without an orientation year permit within 3 years after graduating or work as a scientific researcher: EUR 2,423.
  • European Blue Card holder: EUR 5,403.
These minimum salary requirements are excluding the holiday allowance, payments made in kind and uncertain, non-regular pay. Reimbursements and allowances mentioned in the employment agreement are included, as long as these are paid out monthly. The latter is especially important to keep in mind when looking at the so-called ‘13th month’ (excluding holiday allowance).

30% ruling in 2020

Salary requirement 30% ruling
Increase minimum salary requirement for 2020
One of the conditions to be eligible for the 30% ruling is to be able to show a ‘specific expertise’ in the form of a minimum annual salary in the Netherlands. The Belastingdienst annually raises this minimum salary requirement. For 2020, the two salary options are:
  • For employees aged 30 or older: €38,347
  • For employees under the age of 30 with a Master’s degree: €29,149
The above salaries are annual gross salaries including contractual 13th month, bonus and/or holiday allowance, but excluding the 30% tax-free allowance.
These increased requirements also apply to employees to whom the 30% ruling has already been granted. It is therefore important to ensure that their salaries conform to these new requirements in 2020. The same obviously applies for new applications in 2020.
 
Minimum salary requirement over 2019 excluding allowance
As a reminder, the two salary options for 2019 were:
  • For employees aged 30 or older: €37,743
  • For employees under the age of 30 with a Master’s degree: €28,690
Should the above-mentioned salary not be reached in 2019 after all, the  30% ruling will be revoked and will not be granted to the employee again in future. Important here is to note the employee’s age. If an employee turns 30, the higher salary requirement will start to apply the month after the month (s)he had his / her birthday.
Please contact Danielle should you have any questions regarding the 30% tax ruling in The Netherlands.
Happy Holidays!

We are hiring again!

If you think below description fits you like a glove and you are looking for a new adventure in your career, then we invite you to contact us straight away! Please not only send your CV, but write us a letter letting us know why you would like to join our team.

You

You are a Dutch national with international living and/or working experience or you are a Non Dutch national who has lived in The Netherlands for quite some time already. You are a reliable and creative personality able to deal with life’s inevitable disappointments in a mature way. IT literate & down to earth working attitude, strong administrative skills and strong people skills are a prerequisite. No 9 to 5 attitude but putting up your sleeves and working hard for the fun of it. We offer a personal working environment where you are an important part of the team, supporting your colleagues and getting support from them in return.

We offer

We are a renowned DSP in the market of Relocation Companies in The Netherlands. 2019 has shown a steep growth curve and we anticipate to further expand our business in the next couple of years. The office team is divers and committed to doing well and having fun together. We offer the position of International Mobility Coordinator, where you will be assisting our customers relocating to and from the Netherlands with immigration, home finding, settling in and departing again.

  • Flexible hours
  • Full time (32 hours at minimum)
  • Training on the job if and where needed

We ask

  • University degree or Higher Education
  • Driving licence
  • Positive outlook on life, healthy curiosity and pleasure in service delivery

  Cristian & Danielle Cristian & Danielle Cristian & Danielle

Contact me if you believe this is the job for you and we’ll have a talk!!

Cristian, November 2019

Re-certified for EuRA Global Quality Seal

I am very proud to let you know that, as of 9 April 2019, we are re-certified and allowed to carry the EGQS for yet another two years. 
 
Thank you Sybil (DQS), for your enthusiasm and as ever valuable remarks and advise. We’ll take all of your recommendations to heart and continue to build on the strengths of this wonderful company of ours. But foremost, I want to say thank you to my superb office team for all of their fresh ideas and energy, for their commitment and joy to be a part of the certification journey. Together, we are moving towards the future of i-Mobility Relocation and it is looking bright! 

Anke Jochem 201903 - i-Mobility Relocation

Welcome to our new colleague

Welcome Anke,

You’ve been with us for a couple of months already and it’s about time to let everyone know that we are very happy to have you as part of our team!

From early on, Anke has had a deep interest for travelling. Straight out of high school, she grabbed her chance to go on a 7-month trip through Asia. When she saw the opportunity to complete part of her Communication studies in Madrid, she didn’t hesitate. Once graduated, she happily combined her love for different cultures with her her own international experience and her speciality in hospitality in the relocation sector. After a short sidestep, she is back and even more motivated than before to do what she strongly believes in: to help transferees feel at home in the Netherlands.

I hope you will enjoy your time here with us at i-Mobility!

Cristian

Consequences of Brexit for British citizens living in the Netherlands

After a week of voting on Brexit in British politics, we are still none the wiser and a wide range of scenarios can still take shape. Ranging from a deal or no-deal to a shorter or longer postponement or no Brexit at all. The prospect of Brexit is of course cause for an equally large range of questions, both from transferees and their employers.

Up until now, we have been preparing for the scenario of a Brexit on 29 March with or without a deal, looking into what would need to be done for UK citizens relocating to the Netherlands before it takes effect.

Right of residence

The main thing is to be registered in the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP), the database the Dutch immigration services will look at when considering the residence status of UK citizens, before Brexit takes place. The Dutch government has prepared for two different transition periods after a deal or no-deal respectively. It is at this point unclear what will happen with the end date of the transition period in case of a postponement of Brexit.

The right of residence of UK citizens and their family members in possession of a permanent Dutch national residence permit (Type Document II) or permanent EU residence document (Type Document V) on the day of Brexit will not be affected. Those with a permanent EU residence document will (automatically) be invited by the IND to exchange it for a Dutch version. Permanent Dutch national residence permits can simply be renewed every five years.

Due to the current unclarity on how Brexit will proceed, the IND is proactively sending out temporary residence permits to all UK nationals and their family members living in the Netherlands. This temporary permit will only be valid in the Netherlands during the Dutch transition period of 29 March 2019 through 30 June 2020, independent on whether there will be deal or no-deal Brexit. The permit holder also needs to have a valid passport.

NB: The letters will only be sent to addresses which are recognised as residential by the municipality. When registration in the BRP happens shortly before the Brexit date this letter can also be requested individually from the IND.

Deal Brexit

In case of a deal Brexit, a transition period will take effect from 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020. As long as they have been registered in the BRP before 29 March, nothing will change initially and Brits and their family members will continue to have the same rights.

After 31 December 2020, British citizens and their family members will need a residence document in order to stay in the Netherlands. In stages during the transition period, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will automatically send out invitations to apply for this residence document. No action is needed on the side of the Brits and their family members until they receive the invitation.

NB: This invitation will not be sent to people registered at an office address. They can still apply for the residence status under the same conditions as other Brits, but will have to contact the IND themselves.

‘No-deal’ Brexit

In the event of no deal, a national transition scheme will take effect from 29 March 2019 until 1 July 2020. During this period, British citizens and their family members retain the right to live, work, and study in the Netherlands, as long as they are registered as residents in the BRP before Brexit takes effect. The letter described above will serve as temporary residence permit.

After the transition period, British citizens and their family members will need a new national residence permit to continue to have the right to work and study in the Netherlands. This permit can be obtained if they meet the same conditions for residence that apply to EU citizens. During the transition period, they will automatically receive a letter from the IND, inviting them to apply for this national residence permit before 1 April 2020.

The IND has created an informative infographic on the different no-deal scenarios and the consequences for the need for a temporary residence permit, which can be found on their website here.

UK driving licences

Deal Brexit

In case of a deal Brexit, the transition period until 31 December 2020 also applies to UK driving licences. As a result, holders of UK driving licences will be able to continue driving on their UK licences during this period, provided the licence is still valid.

‘No-deal’ Brexit

Should there be a no-deal Brexit, UK driving licences will remain valid for a maximum of 15 months after Brexit, on condition that the holder was already resident in the Netherlands before Brexit and the licence is still valid. During this period, holders of UK driving licences can go to the municipality in which they are registered to exchange them for a Dutch driving licence on the same requirements as before Brexit.

When exchanging a licence, the holder can choose between having it replaced or renewed.

  • When replacing a foreign licence, the Dutch licence you receive will expire on the same date as the original would have done. The advantage of this method is less bureaucracy and a shorter lead time. This is therefore the advisable option.
  • When renewing a foreign licence, the Dutch licence you receive will have a new validity period: 10 years for car driving licences (B) and 5 years for large goods vehicle and bus driving licences (C and D). However, the validity period may be shortened due to medical reasons. In some cases, the Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen(CBR or Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing) will require a declaration of medical fitness when renewing your licence. This declaration can be applied for online on the CBR website (Dutch language website).

For more detailed information and advice for professional drivers, please consult the RDW website.

 

 

 

30% ruling in 2019

Salary requirement and shorter duration 30% ruling
Minimum salary requirement over 2018 excluding allowance
One of the conditions to be eligible for the 30% ruling is to be able to show a ‘specific expertise’ in the form of a minimum annual salary in the Netherlands. For 2018, the two salary options were:
  • For employees aged 30 or older: €37,296
  • For employees under the age of 30 with a Master’s degree: €28,350
The above salaries are annual gross salaries including contractual 13th month, bonus and/or holiday allowance, but excluding the 30% tax-free allowance.
Should the above-mentioned salary not be reached after all, the  30% ruling will be revoked and will not be granted to the employee again in future. Important here is to note the employee’s age. If an employee turns 30, the higher salary requirement will start to apply the month after the month (s)he had his / her birthday.
 
Increase minimum salary requirement for 2019
The Belastingdienst annually raises the minimum salary requirement for the 30% ruling. At the moment of writing, the increase for 2019 has not yet been published. Although the increase has not exceeded 1% during the previous years, it is still important to ensure that salaries of employees to whom the 30% ruling has been granted will still make the new requirement in 2019. The same obviously applies for new applications in 2019.
Shorter duration: Transition period for existing cases
As you are probably aware already, the duration for the 30% ruling will be shortened from eight to five years. Initially, this would be applied to both existing and new cases as of 1 January 2019. However, the Dutch government has decided on a transition period of two years for existing cases, meaning that the new rules on duration will only come to effect for them on 1 January 2021. Employees whose eight-year 30% ruling would have originally ended in 2019 or 2020 will therefore not be affected at all. For those with an end date of their original eight-year 30% ruling in 2021 or later, the duration will be shortened to five years.
Should you have any questions based on the above or on another matter, as always, please do not hesitate to contact us.