ARPN Focus Areas
ARPN has two main focus areas: government relations and business interactions. As well as being a respected discussion partner of Dutch government organisations on matters of immigration and relocation, we share knowledge, news and best practices with our members and associate members through meetings and online platforms.
When the Association of Relocation Professionals in the Netherlands (ARPN) was founded in 2006, its first goal was to become a prominent discussion partner for the Dutch government on relocation and immigration matters such as policy development and execution. We have achieved that goal as we now attend several structural and adventitious meetings with policy makers at the Ministry of Security and Justice; Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND); Employee Insurance Schemes Implementing Body (UWV); and leading expat centres throughout the Netherlands.
ARPN’s contributions to discussions and meetings with governmental bodies have been successful on numerous occasions. One recent accomplishment concerns the remuneration of parental leave (Dutch: ouderschapsverlof) for highly skilled migrants. According to the Dutch Labour & Care Law, companies in the Netherlands are legally obliged to allow parents of children aged up to eight years up to 12 months of unpaid parental leave. In many cases, the salary dropped below the minimum level. ARPN brought this legal gap to the attention of the Dutch government. The authorities took notice of ARPN’s observations. Six weeks later IND was given new guidelines to make sure that the legislation would not disadvantage highly skilled migrants.
The aforementioned example underlines the strength of ARPN’s lobbying. The Dutch Government – and its affiliated governmental bodies – views ARPN as a respected partner in the wide field of relocation and immigration and includes it in developing and amending legal regulations. ARPN has a voice that is heard by decision makers. The Association has a proven track record and truly represents most of the high quality Dutch relocation and immigration specialists. ARPN stands up for its members, because these members have proven their value as well. They make sure that their clients receive the best possible treatment, in perfect collaboration with ARPN.
ARPN members convene twice a year in a general meeting where they share knowledge on trends and legislation that directly affect the relocation market. Examples include a Q&A with a tax specialist explaining the ramifications of a proposed policy change directly affecting skilled migrants, and a legal presentation on correctly handling members’ clients’ privacy sensitive data in light of the GDPR. After the meeting, members may network during social gatherings.
Online, members can follow and learn about major trends and developments through ARPN’s news section on its website.
ARPN encourages members to consider each other as sources of inspiration and knowledge, with the collective goal of keeping the overall quality of relocation services in the Netherlands at a consistently high level.
By joining forces we can learn and benefit from each other and most importantly; be the professional partner for dialogue with government institutes and third parties.
We recognise the value of a successful partnership, whether it is with a client, a supplier or a recognised mobility network such as the Association of Relocation Professionals in the Netherlands (ARPN).
As we want to provide our clients with excellence in global relocation and immigration we need to join forces and share best practices with ARPN members who are all highly respected and recognised colleagues in the relocation and immigration industry.
We became a member of ARPN because we think that if all the major immigration and relocation companies got together, they can enhance the quality of the service delivery to our clients.
Santa Fe is built on processes and best practice. When combined with the skills and experience of ARPN members, we achieve consistently high standards across our business.
Eurohome is a Full member of the ARPN, actively taking part in open discussions with government authorities before the laws are implemented and with suppliers in achieving and maintaining the quality in the best interest of its clients.
We strongly believe in working together with other relocation companies as part of ongoing improvement. Meeting and discussing the complex and ever-changing issues of relocation and even more so immigration is a fruitful endeavour that can be a benefit to all parties involved.
Driven by the principle that we stand stronger in a branch organisation when working and negotiating with decision makers, I was one of the founders of ARPN. By collaborating with other relocation companies, we guarantee quality relocation services.
We became members of ARPN as we believe that the relocation business is too diverse to not have any coordination of efforts, strengths and visions. We carry the ARPN Qualification since April 2017.
ARPN identifies areas where improvements can and should be made in dialogue with customers and other service industries working with our customers’ international employees.
We became a member of ARPN so that we could improve and assure the quality of our relocation services. ARPN safeguards branch interests and ensures that there is a platform for relocators to exchange knowledge.
ARPN created a standard for the industry which all full and associate members need to comply with. Being part of ARPN, PIRGROUP now has access to professional stakeholders at all government agencies.
AGS KHZ believes that an alliance of certified relocators will be able to impact governmental organisations and influence the processes in the marketplace. ARPN is that force.