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EMPLOYMENT

• If your residency permit is not ready when you arrive, you are allowed to work in the interim period if you visit an IND desk and get a passport sticker (verblijfsaantekening). • Partners of highly skilled migrants can work without a work permit, though they do require a residence permit before commencing work. SELF-EMPLOYED/ENTREPRENEURS • For residency based on self-employment (for non-EU/ EEA/Swiss), your business activities must ‘serve an essential Dutch interest’ which is assessed by a point system. • Personal experience, a business plan and what you plan to offer (innovation, job creation, investment, etc.) are taken into account. • You will also need to prove you have the appropriate qualifications to carry out your business. • With the self-employment residence permit, you can still work as an employee provided the UWV WERKbedrijf has issued a work permit to your employer. • Freelancers can also apply for this permit, but proof of assignments in the Netherlands is a must.

DUTCH AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP TREATY • American citizens who wish to start a business in the Netherlands can apply under this scheme. • Register your business at the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel, www.kvk.nl) to qualify. • You must have financial accounts verified by a qualified accountant, plus a business plan and substantial capital investment of EUR 4500. • Japanese citizens under the Treaty of Trade and Navigation can also apply to this treaty. 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.

EURES

EURopean Employment Services EURES the Netherlands offers support in the field of living and working conditions to jobseekers within the EEA without the need of a work permit. More information? Werk.nl/EURES / UWV/EURES Follow us:

@EURES Nederland WWW.EXPATFAIR.NL | THE NETHERLANDS | SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS 2020

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The Expat Survival Guide assists your first essential steps: finding a home and job, organising permits, setting up finances and healthcare,...

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The Expat Survival Guide assists your first essential steps: finding a home and job, organising permits, setting up finances and healthcare,...

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