Do I need a work permit if I want to work in the Netherlands?

Do I need a permit to work and live in the Netherlands?

If you are a national of a country that is part of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you are legally entitled to stay, work and look for work in the Netherlands. You do not require a residence permit; a valid passport (or ID card) from the country where you are a national is proof that you legally entitled to stay and work in the Netherlands. Please note: You must have the financial means to support yourself for as long as you have not yet found work.

Which countries are members of the EU/EEA?

If you are a national of one of the countries below, you are legally entitled to stay, work and look for work in the Netherlands.

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Germany

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Ireland

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxemburg

  • Malta

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • United Kingdom 

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Am I legally allowed to work in the Netherlands if I’m not from the EU, EEA or Switzerland?

Are you a citizen of a country outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland? Then you can legally work in the Netherlands if:

  • you have a valid residency permit stating that you can legally work in the Netherlands. If you do not have a residency permit, your employer in the Netherlands will have to apply for a work permit for you. Once you have a work permit, you are allowed to work in the Netherlands.

Your employer does not need to apply for a work permit for you, if in the past 5 years (4 years in case you are a Turkish citizen), you have worked in another member state of the EU or EEA or in Switzerland by virtue of a residency permit, and if you have subsequently worked in the Netherlands for one uninterrupted year (however not necessarily for one employer) by virtue of a work permit.

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How can I apply for a residency permit?

You can apply for a residency permit at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service.

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