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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
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Corporate Immigration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Jelle Kroes is “a leading authority in Europe” for business immigration matters including investor permits and compliance matters. One source notes, “He is very knowledgeable and great to work with.”


Jelle Kroes is co-founder of Kroes Advocaten, a boutique law firm that focuses purely on business immigration, ranging from highly skilled migrants and investor permits to compliance issues and employer sanctions.

Mr Kroes holds an LLM from the University of Amsterdam and studied French law in Grenoble for two terms. He is the immediate past-chair of the immigration and nationality law committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), past chair of the immigration law committee of the Netherlands Bar Association and a member and co-founder of the Netherlands Immigration Practitioners Association (SVMA).

Jelle Kroes has been practising immigration law since 1997 and is frequently invited to speak at international conferences on topics of business immigration and nationality law. Mr Kroes has served as an expert adviser for the Ministry of Justice and Security in developing new immigration policies, as well as in migration policy projects for the European Commission such as the amended EU Blue Card Directive. He is the co-author of several multi-jurisdictional immigration practice guides, including those published by Lexis Nexis and Thomson Reuters, and The Corporate Immigration Review.

Mr Kroes is fluent in English and French and conversant in German and Spanish, and an active member of international networks such as the European Immigration Lawyers Network (EILN) and the Global Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL).

Kroes Advocaten also offers expert advice on family reunification and Dutch nationality, and has developed a niche practice in immigration and citizenship issues of elite sportspeople. In addition, the firm also practises EU law which includes EU long-term resident permits, blue cards and intra-corporate transferee permits.

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