Wetenschap - 1 januari 1970

Innovation platform wants cheaper residence permits

Innovation platform wants cheaper residence permits

Innovation platform wants cheaper residence permits


The Netherlands needs to stop pricing itself out of the market in the fight
to attract foreign students and knowledge workers. The costs of residence
permits must be drastically reduced and procedures must be streamlined,
according to the advice given by the Innovation Platform to the Dutch
cabinet.

Headed by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, the Innovation Platform was
set up to transform the knowledge economy from words on paper to active
reality. Its conclusion echoes the lament that has long been heard from the
academic world: that foreigners are put off coming to the Netherlands by
the tedious procedures for obtaining residence and work permits, and the
recent rise in the cost of a temporary residence permit. Within one year
the price shot up from 56 euros to 430 euros, for many a good reason to
choose a ‘cheaper’ country than Holland.

“The Innovation Platform would like to see the permit costs drastically
reduced,

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