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Which Dutch visa or permit do you need to visit, live, work or study in the Netherlands? Here's an essential guide to choosing the correct Dutch visa or permit for your individual situation.
If you want to work in the Netherlands, your residency status will be closely linked to your permission to work.
Foreign students who have been accepted into higher education study programmes in the Netherlands are eligible for Dutch residency for the duration of their course.
Partners and family members of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals in the Netherlands can apply for a Dutch residence permit, even if they are not EU/EEA/Swiss nationals themselves.
If you want to work as a freelancer, set up your own business, or practice a profession in the Netherlands, you can apply for a self-employed Dutch residence permit.
If you want to live and work in the Netherlands as an employee (a labour migrant), you may be eligible for the new single, combined residence and work permit.
Croatian citizens who want to live in the Netherlands long-term must apply for verification against EU law and request a certificate of lawful residence.
After living in the Netherlands for five years, you may be eligible to apply for a Dutch permanent residence permit as a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national.
If your Dutch resident permit expires, you can apply to extend it or apply for a different permit, or you must leave the Netherlands. When leaving, you must deregister and return your permit.
All foreign supporting documents used to apply for a visa or permit to visit or live in the Netherlands must be legalised in your originating country and be in an appropriate language.
A guide to the rules and registration required for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens coming to live and work in the Netherlands.
Certain nationalities require a Dutch visa and residence permit to enter and live in the Netherlands for longer than three months.
If you leave the Netherlands and your Dutch visa expires while you're abroad, you will need a return visa to re-enter the Netherlands.
Certain nationalities require a tourist visa to stay in the Netherlands for up to three months, or a transit visa even if only passing through en route to another country.
Seasonal workers can obtain Dutch residence permits to live and work in the Netherlands for up to 24 weeks, which their employer can apply for on their behalf before arriving.