To scientific researchers who want to conduct research at a research institute in the Netherlands, other conditions apply than to regular highly skilled migrants. Scientific researchers can get a permit based on Directive 2005/71/EC.
The Directive applies to scientific researchers from outside the EU (third country nationals) in the following categories:
- scientific researchers in paid employment
- PhD candidates
- scientific researches in unpaid employment, but supported with a grant
Scientific researcher qualify for a residence permit if they meet the following requirements:
- the researcher will conduct his/her research at an institute in the Netherlands. This institute is a recognized as a sponsor by the IND (Immigration and Naturalization Service)
- the researcher has a degree of higher education. Whether a degree suffices is decided by the institute
- the research project has been approved by the institute, having considered the aim, duration and costs of the project
- a (temporary) labor contract is signed between the researcher and the institute
- the researcher has sufficient independent income, or is supported by a grant
Becoming a recognized sponsor
In order to employ a scientific researcher from outside the EU, a research institute must be listed as a recognized sponsor with the IND and fall under one of the following categories:
- the institute is a public research institution as defined in Article 1d, first clause, under b, Executive Decree on the Work by foreign nationals Act and maintains position profiles under the category ‘research and education’ for researchers in paid employment
- the institute is a public research institution and is included in the appendix of the Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek (Law on higher education and scientific research)
- the institute is a private research institute included in the National Academic Research and Collaboration System (Narcis)
- the institute is a private research institute, with a declaration of ‘Spear en Ontwikkelingswerk’ (research and development work) on the ground of the Wet vermindering afdracht loonbelasting en premie voor de volksverzekeringen (Law on reduction of remittance income tax and premium national insurance)
The research institute applies for the permit, which is valid for the duration of the research with a maximum of 5 years.
The researcher is free on the labor market: (s)he does not need a seperate work permit to work in the Netherlands.
If the researcher has sufficient income, family members can apply for a residence permit as well. The family members are free on the labor market: they do not need a separate work permit to work in the Netherlands.