This route permits non-EEA nationals who are legally employed by a company in an EU country to provide services on a temporary basis to a company in another EU country on behalf of their employer without the need to obtain a work permit. Usually, a ‘Van Der Elst’ visa is considered if the Non-EEA employee in question does not fully satisfy the terms laid out within the eligibility for a ‘Business Visitor Visa’.
Raymond Van Der Elst was a Begian employer who employed Moroccan nationals in Belgium working and residing there legally. In 1994, Van Der Elst required the Moroccan national employees to provide some services for a client in France as part of a mutual business agreement. The employees were sent there on a short stay visa; but were challenged by the French Immigration authorities as they claimed that the Moroccan national employees did not possess a valid work permit. The French authorities fine Van Der Elst and this was appealed and finally ended up at the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
The ECJ found in favour of Van Der ELst and ruled that if certain criteria is met, non-EEA individuals working in an EU member state are able to work in another EU member state for the purpose of providing services for a limited period of time effectively upholding Article 59 and Article 60 of the EEC treaty. This route subsequently started to be known as Van Der Elst visa. Entry clearance applies regardless to whether the applicant is a visa or a non-visa national.
The employee must meet the following requirements to qualify:
Successful applicants are normally granted a visa for the length of the contract for the service required in the other EU country. This route does not specify a minimum salary or skills requirement and is free of charge.
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