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Immigration


17 January 2019

THE NETHERLANDS: Recognised sponsors no longer required to include antecedents certificates in applications

The antecedent certificate allows a foreign national to declare whether or not they have a criminal history.

Previously, the recognised sponsor needed to include this form with the foreign hire’s residence/work permit application to the Dutch Immigration Authorities (IND). However, as per 1 January 2019, the form no longer needs to be included with the application. Instead, the recognised sponsor needs to keep it on record as part of the record retention requirement. 

There are, however, two exceptions to the new policy:

  • If the foreign hire does not fill in or sign the antecedents certificate then the form needs to be included in the application.
  • If the foreign hire is not able to declare that they do no have a criminal history then the form needs to be included in the application and does not need to be kept on record by the recognised sponsor. 

As for dependent family members, the antecedents certificate still needs to be included in their residence permit applications. 

How does this affect the client?

  • This only affects recognized sponsors. Company without a recognized sponsorship still need to include the antecedents certificate. 
  • The recognized sponsor needs to implement a new procedure that not only includes the procurement but also the retention of the documents. This new procedure should also include the proper screening of the antecedents certificates in order to flag certificates that have not been filled in/signed or that declare the foreign national has a criminal history. These should then be included with the application to the IND.

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