Once the work permit is lodged, the application should usually take no more than 5 weeks to be processed.
However, the possession of a work permit does not exempt the holder from visa requirements (except in the case of the GVVA Combined Work and Residence Permit). It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that the visa is secured. This application must be made by the candidate in person before the work permit application, however, workpermit.com consultants are able to offer advice on the process. Once the work permit is approved, the residence permit/visa is issued. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to secure, depending on the nationality of the candidate.
If the candidate is a new recruit, and the position is not covered by the recent exemption for certain rare IT, Telecoms and other skills, you will need to show that you have made adequate recruitment attempts to fill the vacancy with an EEA national. Unless this has already been done this can delay the application for up to 5 weeks.