Have you found a potential candidate? For the initial interview, a video call (e.g. via Skype or Facetime) can be useful. You can also do an online skills test. Should  it be desirable and suitable, you could let the candidate travel in for a face-to-face interview and (possible) assessment. Does the candidate come from outside the EU? An entry visa may be required. This varies by nationality.


There are a number of formalities to consider when hiring an international:

  • Does the candidate come from the EU/EEA or Switzerland? No work and residence permits are required.
  • Does the candidate come from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland? Work and residence permits are required.  The exact procedure depends on the nationality of the candidate.

Become an accredited sponsor with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) to be able to hire the candidate with the Knowledge Migrant Scheme and to use its accelerated procedures.

If you meet the conditions you can apply for a work permit through the UWV.


Your candidate may have questions about taxation, or the implications of buying a house. As employer you will also be dealing with a number of new rulings. For instance, an international may make additional costs.  These costs can be compensated by an employer by providing 30% of the wage, including remuneration, tax-free (the tax benefit, called 30% tax ruling).

Accompanying partner + family

Your foreign employee may also want to bring family members.  Should your employee and his/her partner/family come from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, a visa and residence permit must be also applied for. The employee can arrange this, or you as an employer can do this.  We would be happy to assist you. Please contact us for more information.

Dual Careers

A job for the partner may be a prerequisite for the candidate to take the job. We can assist you with the possibilities, requirements and search for an appropriate function. Our service partners can be of assistance.

Life and living in East Netherlands (Twente)

Twente, the work life region. An environment in which a successful career can be combined with a safe and pleasant living environment. An environment in which art, culture and sport are important parts of life and well-being. From theater, events to exhibitions in cities and authentic villages.

Twente offers an inspiring educational environment, with educational institutions focused on entrepreneurship, thereby bringing talents from all over the world to Twente. With more than 3130 high-tech companies looking for talent on a daily basis, you can continue to develop in Twente.

Twente is an easy accessible region by road, rail, water or air. With an attractive and accessible working climate that ensures the arrival of internationally oriented, innovative companies. Three high-tech hotspots, which are closely linked, form an attractive working environment and facilities for the modern employer and employee.

More information about living, working and studying in Twente can be found on


The Toolbox for HR-Consultants is in Dutch and English. You will find detailed pages in the fully English section.

Do you have any questions? Of course we are happy to speak to you personally, in Dutch. You can reach us by calling + 31 (0) 74 2503325, sending an email to or fill in the contact form.