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 Netherland in the International Who's Who Legal of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. Read his full biography in the Who's Who Legal of Corporate Immigration here.
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has also won the first case ever in which the court ruled that a violation of the Act on Employment of Foreigners can not be published (2017).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.
Sander studied Dutch law and political science at the University of Amsterdam. Subsequently he spent a year specialising in immigration law at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He is active in the field of immigration law for many years.
Sander maintains contacts in various international networks.
The EU Blue Card: can a foreigner with a German EU Blue Card work in the Netherlands? , in: GOW, June 2019 (Dutch Journal)
Penalties imposed by the Dutch Immigration Authorities (IND) sanctioned by the High Court, in: GOW, April 2019 (Dutch journal)
Dutch American Friendschip Treaty (DAFT) and substantial capital, JV 2017/74
Highly Skilled Migrant Program and Financial Penalties, in: HR Rendement 2014, nr. 7
Construction companies and breach of Aliens Employment Act, in RV 2012, 46 (Dutch legal journal)
Modern Migration Policy Act: the goverment and the employer, in A&MR, 2013, nr. 4 (Dutch legal journal)
Modern Migration Policy Act: impact for the foreigner, in: A&MR, 2013, nr .4 (Dutch legal journal)
Employer sanctions raised in 2013, in: Cobouw, 9 January 2013 (Dutch newspaper)
Fines for illegal employment of foreigners suspended, in A&MR, 2012, nr. 8 (Dutch legal journal)
EU Directive on 'Employer Sanctions' and the Aliens Employment Act, in: Cobouw, 15 December 2011 (Dutch newspaper)
Blue Card residence permit for highly educated foreigners, in: A&MR, 2011, nr. 8 (Dutch legal journal)
Aliens Employment Act (review), in: TRA, 2011, nr. 8/9 (Dutch legal journal)
EU Blue Card and Dutch Highly Skilled Migrant Scheme, in: FD, 20 July 2011 (Dutch Financial Times)
EU law and financial penalties for illegal employment, in: Cobouw, 24 March 2011 (Dutch newspaper)
Modern Migration Act and implications for business immigration, Nederlands Juristenblad, 2011, nr. 5 (Dutch legal journal)
Speedy immigration procedures through electronic filing, BOM NEWSolutions, September 2010
In the media:
RTL News 24 April 2019, Entry ban in the Netherlands of extremist USA preacher
High Administrative Court 14 September 2016, Judgment about financial penalties being unlawful imposed
Metro 15 April 2014, Foreign talent not interested in permit to search year permit Migrant (Dutch national newspaper)
Pers 3 November 2011, Mauro and the Highly Skilled Migrant Program (Dutch national newspaper)
Telegraaf 13 februari 2009, Financial penalties imposed by the Labour Inspection (Dutch national newspaper)
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