EXPATS ARE AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF THE DUTCH WORKFORCE, AND OFFICE LIFE HAS ITS CULTURAL QUIRKS.
WORK PERMIT CONDITIONS
WHO DOESN’T NEED A WORK PERMIT?
• If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, your employer will likely need to apply for a separate work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV). • The TWV permit is specific to the job and employer, and is issued for up to three years. • TWV extensions can be applied for (www.ind.nl) • You can start work once your employer has been issued a work permit and applied for a residence permit. • You do not need to wait for the IND to approve your residence application, but you must get a “residence endorsement” passport sticker from the IND. • If the residence permit application is rejected, the work permit is no longer valid. • After three years of employment on a Dutch work permit, other employers can hire you without needing a separate work permit. • When you renew your residence document, your new labour market position will be mentioned as “Arbeid is vrij toegestaan. TWV niet vereist” (free to work, no work permit required).
• EU/EEA/Swiss nationals. • Highly skilled migrants. • Self-employed workers (eligibility is assessed by the IND). • Workers on short assignment (performers, musicians, guest lecturers, journalists etc.). • Those with a residence permit or passport sticker stating “Arbeid is vrij toegestaan. TWV niet vereist” (free to work, no permit required). PARTNERS: WHO CAN WORK? • If your spouse, partner or relative has permission to work then generally you can work without needing an additional work permit. • It is advisable to file the residency applications for you and your partner at the same time. APPLYING FOR A WORK PERMIT If you qualify for the single GVVA residence and work permit, you or your employer must apply to the IND. • All other cases, work permits are initiated by employers who apply to the UWV WERKbedrijf (www.werk.nl).
• The Dutch workforce is internationally oriented, highly educated and multilingual. • Unemployment is at 4,6 percent (August 2020). • Demand for highly skilled workers remains high, and incentives for international employees include the 30 percent ruling tax benefit and a fast-track immigration programme for the highly skilled and entrepreneurs. • The GVVA (gecombineerde vergunning voor verblijf en arbeid) is a single permit that combines the residence and work permit into one so employers no longer neHOed to apply for a separate work permit for labour migrants. • Under the “Modern Migration Policy Act”, if a worker needs a Dutch entry visa (MVV) and/or residence permit, their employer in the Netherlands can apply while they are still abroad, with fast-track applications possible (visit www.ind.nl). • While it always helps to learn the language when settling in a new country – and will certainly do your job prospects no harm – you don’t necessarily need to be a fluent Dutch speaker to secure a role in the Netherlands.
SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS 2021 • THE NETHERLANDS • WWW.EXPATFAIR.NL