On this page, we will explain the purpose of the short-stay work permit for the Netherlands, who is eligible, and how to apply.
The Netherlands is increasingly popular with foreign migrants from outside of the EU, both for long term and short-term work. With its ease of access to the European Union, fast and modern transport system, laid back lifestyle, excellent job opportunities, wonderfully rich history and culture, friendly and warm people, and the fact that so many people speak English, the Netherlands is the natural choice for many. On this page, we will explain the purpose of the short-stay work permit for the Netherlands, who is eligible, and how to apply.
The short-stay work permit is for foreign nationals (i.e., from outside the EU/EEA) who wish to work for an employer in the Netherlands for a short-term assignment of fewer than 90 days. Work permits in the Netherlands (referred to as a TWV) are requested by the Dutch employer. They need to apply to the UWV (Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency), who will want to be satisfied that there is no Dutch, EEA/EU, or Swiss citizen with the necessary qualifications for the job. This is just one of several different types of residence permit; others include seasonal labour or work experience work permits, intra company transfer permits, start-up personnel permits, European blue card permits, guest lecturer permits, and permits for trainee doctors and researchers.
Normally for long-term (more than 90 days) work in the Netherlands, it is possible for the worker to gain a single permit which combines a residence permit and entry visa. For a short stay, workers need a separate work permit and visa. It will be down to your employer to apply for your short-stay work permit on your behalf. If granted, you will be able to use this with a short-stay/Schengen visa.
There are a number of eligibility rules which must be met in order to acquire a short-term work permit for the Netherlands, as follows:
When working out your salary, IND will include any allowances and reimbursements included in your contract but not holiday allowances, payments in kind, and irregular pay (e.g., overtime pay).
The application is typically completed by the employer based in the Netherlands.
The application steps are as follows:
Note – because the length of stay is less than 90 days, a residence permit for the Netherlands is not required.
The current application fee for a short-term work permit work scheme is €320.
All applications are processed within 90 days of the receipt of all of the information required.
Reiss Edwards have the resources and expertise to assist with all aspects of Netherlands immigration. If you need assistance with your Short Stay Work permit application for Netherlands or any other immigration matter, feel free to contact our Immigration Solicitor for help.
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