Expat Services WorldWide, Monique van Bergen: Working in the Netherlands
Monique van Bergen
Immigration director Network Netherlands B.V.
*Work permit needed till January 1st, 2014
**Work permit needed (no end date yet)
European citizens can work in the Netherlands without a work permit.
-Registration town hall (expected stay for more than 4 months)
-Registration IND (purpose work)
-BSN number will be provided by registration in the town hall
-Bank account can be opened with a social security number and
-Obligated to apply for a Dutch health insurance
Dutch work permit required to work in the Netherlands
- only work permit for a stay less than 3 months
- work and residence permit is needed for a stay more than 3 months
Western countries as USA, Japan, Australia, Canada, South Korea, New
- no entrance visa
- work and residence permit can be obtained after arrival
- work and residence permit can be filed before arrival in the
• only work permit for a stay less than 3 months incl. business visa
• work and residence permit is needed for a stay more than 3 months
• entrance visa required (MVV)
• New Modern Migration policy, work and residence permit can be filed
before arrival in the Netherlands
• work and residence permit can be collected after arrival
• allowed to work after arrival directly
From June 1st, the Ministry of Justice introduced the new Foreign Law, also
called Modern Migration Policy.
A company needs a recognized sponsorship of the IND to hire knowledge
All recognized companies are mentioned in a public register, presented at
the IND website at the link:
Working in the Netherlands as a knowledge migrant:
Minimal salary contractually agreed fixed gross way money:
Older than 30 years old € 52.010,=
Younger than 30 years old € 38.141,=
Graduated / search year € 27.336,=
The procedure to apply for (visa), Dutch work and residence permit:
-Employer completes application forms
-Employer files application to the IND
-IND take decision within 2-4 weeks
-Employee collect visa at the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in home country of country of
-Employee arrives in the Netherlands
-Employee collect Dutch work and residence permit at the IND office or expat center
-Work and residence permit will be granted till the end date of your employment contract
- Free on the labor market after 3 years working and legal residency
After graduation at a Dutch University or High School (Master), as a student
(with a valid permit “studie” and a diploma) you can apply for the Dutch
work and residence permit “zoekstudent”.
With this residence permit you’re allowed to work in the Netherlands for
maximal one year after receiving the diploma without any restrictions.
(finding a job as knowledge migrant).
A company can apply for your knowledge migrant permit when he offers
you a minimal annual gross salary of € 27.336,=.
It is possible to apply for a Dutch (work) and residence permit for your
-Children till 18 years old
Partner: legalized and translated unmarried certificates
Spouse: legalized and translated married certificate
Children: legalized and translated birth certificates
(legible copies need to be add to the visa application)
As soon as the partner application is granted, your partner or
spouse is also allowed to work in the Netherlands and without
The partner/spouse permit will be valid till the end date of the
knowledge migrant permit (employment contract).
If you will change employer with a valid Dutch work and residence permit,
the new employer (recognized sponsor) can make a notification to the IND
and you can start working with the new employer.
If your Dutch work and residence permit will expire, the new employer also
needs to extend your current Dutch work and residence permit.
An extension can only be filed and paid by the employer.
Check if the new employer is a recognized sponsor!
All kind of questions can be asked or send by