GMS – Immigration and employment law
Doing business across borders usually also means needing to deploy your staff across borders. Concerns about visas and work / residence permits can be significant. When is a work permit required for temporary work abroad and how does the definition of work vary across different countries? Are there any other legal requirements that you need to consider? Our Global Mobility Services team can provide you with all the information on the necessary steps in this process.
Many organizations are unaware that sending employees across borders without the required permits can be a major risk. It can create unpleasant situations for both employee and employer and can lead to fines and damage to reputation. Whether a (work) permit or visa is required depends on the nationality of the employee and other circumstances. It is important to note that requirements can vary from one country to another.
In the Netherlands there are several options for obtaining the correct residence- and/or work permits. The type of permit requested depends on the circumstances of each situation and the (minimum) regulations can vary for each visa, residence- and/or work permit that is required.
Visa and permits
Obtaining a visa is often straightforward, but it is important to know what kind of activities this document permits the employee to perform. If your employee is working in a country where a work permit is required, it is vital to be aware of the regulations of this country as far as the definition of work is concerned.
A business visa may be sufficient if your employee is only attending meetings and/or training sessions. If their duties are more extensive than this a work permit may be required. This process can be time consuming and the authorities can take up to 8 weeks to process a work permit request. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead so that both you and your employee can assemble all the required documents and file the application with the immigration authorities in advance of traveling.
If you wish to bring a foreign professional to the Netherlands, you can apply for a highly skilled migrant visa. We can help you with obtaining the required documents and filing the application with the Dutch Immigration Services.
In addition to obtaining permits, there may also be employment regulations that your company needs to meet when deploying your employees abroad. These local or regional regulations can vary depending on different circumstances, and risks can be avoided if your company is well informed in advance.
The Global Mobility Services and Legal team at Crowe Peak has an extensive knowledge of immigration and employment law and will be able to advise you on any questions you may have on this issue.