Modern Migration Policy Act coming into force on 1 June 2013

On 1 June 2013, the Modern Migration Policy Act will come into force. Among other things, this Act will combine the application procedures for a provisional residence permit and for the residence permit. For many aliens and for the IND this means no longer having to deal with a double application procedure and review. In addition, regular residence permits can be granted for longer periods which means less renewal procedures. The enactment of the Modern Immigration Policy Act also means that it will become easier, for instance, to switch to a different educational institute without this requiring a new permit. This will lead to faster procedures and a lower administrative burden on citizens and companies, according to State Secretary Teeven of Security and Justice in a letter of today to the Dutch Lower House.

In addition, the Act provides better means of enforcement, for example by introducing administrative fines and imposing obligations on referents. An example of this is if an employer fails to adequately include the documents for a labour migrant in their administration they run the risk of being fined a maximum sum of € 3,000. In his letter, the State Secretary writes that the coming into force of the Modern Migration Policy Act means that the maintenance and sustainability of INDiGO remains a point of attention.

The coming into force of the Modern Migration Policy Act means a further optimization of customer service. This Act will render the Netherlands more appealing to the much needed migrants for reinforcement of our economy, culture and science. Selectivity is the point of departure of the Modern Migration Policy. This means that the policy is inviting to migrants for whom there is an economic need and that it is restricting to others. It will make the Netherlands a more attractive country for international companies and knowledge migrants and this may contribute to a reinforcement of the Dutch economy.