When the Association of Relocation Professionals in the Netherlands (ARPN) was founded in 2006, the first goal was to become an evident discussion partner for the Dutch government on matters as policy development and execution regarding relocation and immigration. Nowadays we attend several structural and adventitious meetings with policy-deciders of the Ministry of Safety and Justice as well as decision-makers of the Immigration and Naturalization Service IND, the Employee Insurance Schemes Implementing Body UWV and the main Expat Centers throughout The Netherlands.
The participation of ARPN in discussions and meetings with governmental bodies has demonstrated to be quite successful on numerous occasions. One of the recent accomplishments of ARPN concerns the salary requirement for highly skilled migrants regarding parental leave (Dutch: ouderschapsverlof). According to the Dutch Labour & Care Law companies in The Netherlands have a legal obligation to allow parents of children – up to the age of eight – unpaid parental leave of absence with a maximum of 12 months and some additional conditions. In quite a number of cases this meant that the salary dropped below the minimum requirement. ARPN brought this legal gap to the attention of the Dutch government. The authorities took fair notice of ARPN’s remarks. Six weeks later IND was given a new adjusted guideline to make sure that highly skilled migrants would not suffer from this legislation.
The aforementioned example underlines the strength of ARPN’s lobby. The Dutch government – and the affiliate governmental bodies – considers ARPN as a respected partner on the broad field of relocation and immigration, including the development and adjustment of legal regulations. ARPN has a voice that is heard by decisive parties. The association has proved its importance and truly represents the quality majority of Dutch relocation and immigration specialists. ARPN stands for it members, because these same members have proven their value as well. They make sure that their clients get the best possible treatment; in perfect collaboration with ARPN.