The Netherlands is an attractive country for investment and for foreign nationals due to its favorable position within Europe and its flexible labor force. On the opposite the Netherlands is a bureaucratic country bringing about daunting red tape for expats and their families.
In recent years the Dutch Government has implemented several procedures to simplify a complex immigration system. The Dutch labor authorities recognized certain shortages in certain industry sectors and streamlined with legislation designed to attract and select more educated and highly skilled migrants. One attractive condition for employing highly skilled migrants in the Netherlands is that many will qualify to receive 35% of their income tax-free.
Moreover, two main bodies are in charge of immigration procedures, the IND, which implements immigration policy and makes decisions on residence permits, and the GBA, where you register your entry into the Netherlands.