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mr drs Sander Groen
mr drs Sander Groen, partner

Sander Groen specializes in highly skilled migration and European immigration issues. He is also well versed in litigation on behalf of employers who have been fined for illegal employment.

Sander is recommended by his international colleagues every year as one of the few corporate immigration lawyers in the Netherlands in the International Who's Who Legal of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. The Who's Who Legal highlights Sander as "a top name for compliance issues, as well as complex immigration matters, with an excellent track record advising clients in connection with highly skilled migrant visas". Read his full biography in the Who's Who Legal of Corporate Immigration here.

Peers and clients say:
  • “He is a very highly professional and knowledgeable corporate immigration practitioner".
  • Sander’s advice on immigration matters is unique and result oriented".
  • "His skills and professionalism undoubtedly helped me to achieve all the work permits approvals successfully on time”.
  • He is very committed, loyal, knowledgeable and professional”.


Clients are multinationals, large (family owned) companies and small and medium sized enterprizes (SME’s). These companies are (among others) active in IT, finance, the food and energy sector. Sander takes care of the visa, work and residence permits applications for their employees and their families. He also advises those companies how to ensure to be compliant with Dutch immigration rules and regulations.

Sander has assisted the foreigner to whom is issued the very first high net worth individual visa ('golden visa') in the Netherlands (2015). He has done the same with the first EU Blue Card that has been granted (2011), and his client obtained in 2006 the first permit to work as an entrepreneur based upon the point based system (2006) . Sander has also won the first case ever in which the court ruled that a violation of the Act on Employment of Foreigners can not be published (2017).

European law promotes migration between Member States, while their national jurisdictions restrict the same. Clients are often not aware of their opportunities according to European law. It is most interesting to identify those for them. Sander has extensive expertise in advising about the free movement of persons and free movement of services within the European Union.

Sander is also specialised in the field of employer sanctions and fines, as applied by the Dutch Labour Inspection under the regulations for foreign employees (Wet arbeid vreemdelingen). In this field Sander has extensive litigation experience, having won some of the most debated cases at the High Administrative Council of State (Raad van State). In this regard, he also advise companies on how to be compliant with the regulations for foreign employees and prevent employer sanctions from being applied.

Sander lectures on corporate immigration law at various universities and and European and Dutch immigration law to attorneys-at-law at OSR (Institute for Professional Legal Education). In the recent past he also lectured to immigration officers. He is co-editor of the Commentary on the Immigration Directive 2000.


in: GOW, June 2019 (Dutch Journal)

in: GOW, April 2019 (Dutch journal)

JV 2017/74

in: HR Rendement 2014, nr. 7

in RV 2012, 46 (Dutch legal journal)

in A&MR, 2013, nr. 4 (Dutch legal journal)

in: A&MR, 2013, nr .4 (Dutch legal journal)

in: Cobouw, 9 January 2013 (Dutch newspaper)

in A&MR, 2012, nr. 8 (Dutch legal journal)

in: Cobouw, 15 December 2011 (Dutch newspaper)

in: A&MR, 2011, nr. 8 (Dutch legal journal)

in: TRA, 2011, nr. 8/9 (Dutch legal journal)

in: FD, 20 July 2011 (Dutch Financial Times)

in: Cobouw, 24 March 2011 (Dutch newspaper)

Nederlands Juristenblad, 2011, nr. 5 (Dutch legal journal)

In the media

Entry ban in the Netherlands of extremist USA preacher

Judgment about financial penalties being unlawful imposed

Foreign talent not interested in permit to search year permit Migrant (Dutch national newspaper)

Mauro and the Highly Skilled Migrant Program (Dutch national newspaper)

Financial penalties imposed by the Labour Inspection (Dutch national newspaper)