Residence permit & visa
If you want to live and work in the Netherlands, you (most of the times) require a work and/or residence permit. Citizens of EU and EEA countries or Switzerland, however, are exempt from this requirement and do not require a visa for the Netherlands. What kind of visa or permit you might need also depends on the length of your stay. Find more information and requirements on the IND website and make an appointment below.
More than 90 days
A residence permit is required if you wish to work and live in the Netherlands for more than 90 days. You or your employer can apply for a permit at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). Learn more about the conditions for this permit and the application procedure on the website of the IND. Please note that in some situations you first need to have a provisional residence permit (mvv) to be able to enter the Netherlands prior to applying for a residence permit. If you have received a letter from the IND stating that you can collect your residence permit at the International Welcome Centre, please make an appointment with the centre's IND-desk below.
Less than 90 days
If you intend to work in the Netherlands for less than 90 days, a work permit is required. Your employer will apply for this at the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). Learn more about work permits on the website of the Dutch government.
Make an appointment
Make an appointment below to visit the IND-desk at the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region to collect your residence document, to have your biometric information taken, and arrange your residence endorsement sticker. If you also need to register with the municipality of Utrecht, Amersfoort, Woerden or Oudewater, you can make a combined appointment to collect your permit and register with the municipality at the same time. Click here to find more information and make an appointment.
Please note: the appointment tool is in Dutch. Find the instructions in English on how to use the tool below.
The IND will inform you (or your sponsor) by letter when your residence document, registration card or your original document (e.g. your passport or birth certificate) is ready for collection. After you have received this letter, you can make an appointment to pick up the document at the IND-desk at the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region. Please note: the IND-desk is also open on Thursday mornings from 09:00 to 12:15 when the other IWCUR desks are closed. Click the link below to make an appointment.
Have you received a letter from the IND in which it says that de IND needs your passport photo, signature and/or fingerprints in order to make your residence permit? You can have your biometrics taken at the IND-desk at the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region. Please note: the IND-desk is also open on Thursday mornings from 09:00 to 12:15 when the other IWCUR desks are closed. Click the link below to make an appointment.
Residence endorsement sticker
You can apply for a residence endorsement sticker if you have applied for an extension of your residence permit. This only applies when your current residence permit has expired, and you did not yet receive a new residence document. The residence endorsement sticker will be placed in your passport and is proof that you are allowed to await your procedure in the Netherlands. Click the button below to make an appointment with the IND-desk at the International Welcome Centre to arrange your sticker (only on Mondays). And click here for more information about the sticker and what to bring to the appointment.
- Choose a product: the product is already selected. Indicate how many people are coming to the appointment.
- Choose location: select ‘Publiekszaken’.
- Your details: provide your personal details in this order: first name, last name, date of birth and email address (twice to confirm).