Work permit in the Netherlands


How to get a work permit in the Netherlands? The answer to this question you will learn from this article.

Work permits are generally granted to qualified professionals or professionals who are lacking in the labour market, provided that the search for job applicants in the Netherlands has not yielded results. Due to the lack of specialists in the field of information technology and telecommunications, applications for foreign specialists can be submitted without searching for candidates in the local market. A simplified procedure also exists for persons working in the Netherlands as au pairs, i.e. domestic workers.

Dutch law distinguishes such a category as “highly skilled worker”. In order to attract a foreign employee, the employer must obtain an immigration permit to obtain a residence permit. In the case of a positive decision, the foreign employee does not need a work permit. Citizens of non-EEA countries must have a minimum annual income of 46,541 euros (including taxes) to obtain the status of a highly skilled worker. The minimum income level is indexed annually. For persons under 30, this level is lower. The minimum income requirement does not apply to foreigners working in educational or research institutions. Some professions are unable to obtain the status of highly skilled workers (e.g. football players, priests, religious propagandists, prostitutes).

Persons from non-EEA countries can do business in the Netherlands under the following conditions:

  1. Have a valid passport.
  2. Have health insurance for the duration of your stay in the Netherlands.
  3. Not to pose a threat to public order.
  4. Do not get tuberculosis.
  5. Have sufficient funds.
  6. Be under the age of 60.
  7. Meet the Dutch requirements for certain professional activities.
  8. Create a new company in the Netherlands.
  9. The economic activity of the entrepreneur should be useful for the Dutch economy.
  10. Business management requires the presence of a person in the Netherlands.

Migrants who will be doing business in the Netherlands for more than 3 months must have the following documents:

  • Valid passport.
  • Signed Declaration on non-criminal liability.
  • Legalized birth certificate.
  • Documentary evidence that the person will carry out business activities (for example, a copy of the business plan, a certificate from the Chamber of Commerce, a copy of the profit and cost report for the last year).

The status of an entrepreneur does not deprive a person of the need to obtain a preliminary residence permit or a temporary residence permit.

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