Residence permit for the Netherlands

If you want to live and work in the Netherlands for more than 90 days, you need to apply for a residence permit. Your nationality and the purpose for coming to the Netherlands determines the procedure of the application for your residence permit. ASV Advies specializes in cross-border employment and offers support to companies and individuals applying for a residence permit for the Netherlands. As a specialized company, we are fully up to date with current legislation and all ongoing and new measures taken in the context of health and safety
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The need for a Dutch residence permit: who and when?

As mentioned before: your nationality and the stay in the Netherlands determine whether you need a Dutch residence permit or not.

Citizens from EU, EEA and Switzerland
You do not need to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands when you are a citizen of an EU, EEA country or Switzerland. However, you are obliged to register at the local municipality if you are staying longer than four months. Direct family members, spouses and unmarried partners are permitted to join you as well.

Short stays
When staying in the Netherlands for 90 days or less, you do not need to apply for a Dutch residence permit. During this period you are not allowed to work. Please note, if your country of origin doesn’t have a non-visa agreement with the Netherlands, you will need to apply for a short-stay visa before you travel to the Netherlands. Check the list of countries who have a non-visa agreement with the Netherlands.

Longer stays
In case you want to stay longer than 90 days, you are obliged to apply for a Dutch residence permit and/or temporary residence permit (MVV) depending of your nationality and the purpose of your stay. With a temporary permit (MVV) you are allowed to travel to the Netherlands as a potential resident (not as a tourist).

The temporary residence permit in the Netherlands (MVV)

The MVV permit allows to enter the Netherlands –it is not a residence permit. When any of the following situations applies to you, you do not need to apply for a temporary residence permit:

  • You already have a residence permit in the Netherlands
  • You are a citizen from an EU or EEU country, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Canada, the USA, Monaco or Vatican City
  • You are a partner or family member of a citizen from an EU/EEU country or Switzerland
  • You have a permanent residence permit from another EU country as a “Long-term resident-EC CE”
  • You or a family member have owned a European Blue Card during at least 18 months in another EU country
  • Other circumstances as specified by the IND (Dutch department of Immigration and Naturalisation)

Sponsorship and the permanent Dutch residence permit

One of the requirements for obtaining a Dutch residence permit is sponsorship. Most often people come to the Netherlands for work, which makes your employer the sponsor. If you are coming to live with your family in the Netherlands, your partner or relative is your sponsor. And for study, the sponsor will be your educational institution.

Permanent residence permit
You can also apply for permanent Dutch residence permit or even Dutch citizenship. In these cases, you must have spent sufficient time in the Netherlands and you need to be eligible.

FAQ about residence permits in the Netherlands

Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (Greek part), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland (not EU or EEA-country, but EU laws are applicable)

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

AFGHANISTAN, ALGERIA, ANGOLA, ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, BAHRAIN, BANGLADESH, BELARUS, BELIZE BENIN, BHUTAN, BOLIVIA, BOTSWANA, BURKINA FASO, BURMA/MYANMAR, BURUNDI, CAMBODIA, CAMEROON, 
 CAPE VERDE, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CHAD, CHINA, COMOROS, CONGO, COTE D’IVOIRE, CUBA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, DJIBOUTI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EGYPT, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, FIJI, GABON, GAMBIA, GHANA, GUINEA, GUINEA-BISSAU, GUYANA, HAITI, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAN, IRAQ, JAMAICA, JORDAN, KAZAKHSTAN, KENYA, KOSOVO, KUWAIT, KYRGYZSTAN, LAOS, LEBANON, LESOTHO, LIBERIA, LIBYA, MADAGASCAR, MALAWI, MALDIVES, MALI, MAURITANIA, MONGOLIA, MOROCCO, MOZAMBIQUE NAMIBIA, NAURU, NEPAL, NIGER, NIGERIA, NORTH KOREA, OMAN, PAKISTAN, PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PHILIPPINES, QATAR, RUSSIA, RWANDA, 
 SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, SAUDI ARABIA, SENEGAL, SIERRA LEONE, SOMALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN, SRI LANKA, SUDAN, SURINAME, SWAZILAND, SYRIA, TAJIKISTAN, TANZANIA, THAILAND, TOGO, TUNISIA, TURKEY, TURKMENISTAN, UGANDA, UZBEKISTAN, VIETNAM, YEMEN, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE

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