Residence permit in the Netherlands


Every foreigner must obtain a residence permit to stay in the Netherlands. We will tell you how to do it right.

After providing a preliminary residence permit, the employee can receive the document within 6 months. He must come to the Netherlands and obtain a residence permit within the next 6 months. After arrival in the country, the foreign worker must register with the Police Department for foreigners within 3 working days and apply for a temporary residence permit from the police or the municipal authority of the Department of Civil Affairs. At this stage, the person must be tested for tuberculosis.

The previous residence permit (the so-called d visa) is usually issued together with the C visa for short-term travel. The presence of C and D visas allow a foreign worker to move freely between his country and the Netherlands until a temporary residence permit is obtained.

The foreigner must apply for an extension of the residence permit no later than 8 weeks before the expiry date. The stay of persons who undergo practical training in the workplace is limited to 12 months. Citizens of non-EEA countries who have a work permit and have lived in the Netherlands for 3 years have the right to obtain a permanent residence permit. A permanent residence permit gives an unlimited right to work in the country without a work permit.

Since March 2006, under the Act on integration into society, foreigners who require a prior residence permit to enter the country must be tested for their ability to integrate before coming to the Netherlands. Testing is carried out in the migrant’s country of origin. The test is oral and conducted in Dutch. The level of knowledge about Dutch society and the Dutch language is checked.

Non-EEA nationals who intend to work in the Netherlands as employees or interns for up to 3 months do not require a prior residence permit. However, their employer must apply for a work permit for such an employee at the labour and income Center.

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