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Work & Residence Permits

Streamlined Permits for Work & Residence

The Netherlands offers a number of measures to facilitate work and residence procedures for foreign workers, including the “Highly Skilled Migrant Visa,” which allows businesses to bring uniquely qualified international talent to live and work in the Netherlands for a maximum of five years.

To qualify as a highly skilled migrant, the foreign employee must earn a minimum gross monthly income of € 4,404 or € 3,229 if under 30. Employers wishing to employ highly skilled migrants are no longer required to apply for work permits and must submit only an Admission and Residence application for those employees.

Intra-Corporate Transferees, labor migrants and self-employed individuals from outside the EU/EEA may also apply for work and residence permits and highly educated foreign nationals may apply for a one-year permit to search for a job. Employers must apply for a work and residence permit on behalf of these employees.

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