Expat Survival Guide 2021 - The Netherlands

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STUDENTS • There are no work restrictions for students who are EU/EEA/ Swiss nationals. • All other nationalities can only work part-time throughout the year for a maximum of 16 hours per week, or full-time seasonal work in June, July and August. • The employer or agency must obtain a work permit from the UWV WERKbedrijf which will be valid for the same period as the university registration. • Students do not need a work permit for internships.


• Any changes in your work or partnership status must be reported to the IND within four weeks (unreported changes will be penalized). • If you change jobs you don’t necessarily need a new residence permit, but the same rules will apply as for the first permit you were granted. • If you worked as a highly skilled migrant, your new employer needs to be eligible to apply under the highly skilled migrant scheme, and will need to prove to the IND that you still meet the requirements of WORKING HOLIDAY SCHEMES the highly skilled migrant scheme. • If applying to extend a residence or work permit, your circumstances • Those between the ages of 18 to 30 will be assessed again according to from Australia, Canada, and New the original application; the main Zealand can apply to live and work exception is that after three years in the Netherlands for one year (with proof of a return ticket or funds to working on any given residence buy one). permit that allowed you to work, you no longer need a separate • Candidates can apply in their home work permit. country or once they arrive in the Netherlands.

• Highly skilled migrants can also change their purpose of stay into “labour” after three years, which allows them to work without a work permit. • Apply for a new residence permit before the old one expires (the IND will notify you in advance) or else risk being ineligible for permanent residency. CONTRACTS AND EMPLOYMENT LAW • Employment laws in the Netherlands vary, and your personal contract will determine your pay and specific conditions. • Dutch legislation covers key areas such as trial periods, holidays, notice and dismissal, minimum wages, health and safety, and equal treatment. • In most cases the employer needs permission from the UWV WERKbedrijf or the court to fire you, except in temporary work.



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