Visa & Permits

If you want to live and work in the Netherlands, you sometimes need to apply for a permit or visa. Whether you need a permit or visa and what kind depends on your situation: on the amount of time you are spending in the Netherlands, your reason for moving and your nationality. On this page we give more information about the different permits.

Please note that different conditions apply if you and/ or family members are citizens of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland. In that case, you do not need a residence permit to live and work in the Netherlands. However, if you stay more than four months in the Netherlands you need to register at your local municipality.

Residence permit

Do you want to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days? In most cases, you will need a residence permit. You apply for a residence permit at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). The type of application you should submit depends on where you will be working or studying, your nationality and your reason for moving to the Netherlands, such as family, studies, work or other purposes. It is important to choose the purpose that best fits your situation as this influences which permit application you select and submit. To find out which purpose best applies, click the button below to visit the website of the IND. Sometimes, before applying for a residence permit, you will first have to apply for a regular provisional residence permit (MVV). 

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You can collect your residence permit from the IND at the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region. You need to make an appointment for this.

Work permit

Every non-EU citizen who wants to work in the Netherlands for less than 90 days, has to obtain a valid work permit. Either you as employee or your prospective employer may request the permit, although it is usually the employer who makes the request for the permit with the UWV (Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency).

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IND

The IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service ) implements the foreign nationals policy in the Netherlands. This means that the IND assesses all residence applications of individuals who wish to live in the Netherlands. In addition the IND handles all applications from foreign nationals who wish to become a Dutch citizen through naturalisation. However, an application for naturalisation must be submitted to your municipality. 

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