Visas & Permits
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Dutch visa for freelancers and entrepreneurs

Self-employed Dutch visa for freelancers and entrepreneurs

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If you want to set up your own business, work as a freelancer or practice a profession in the Netherlands, you can apply for a self-employed Dutch residence permit.

Dutch visa to work in the Netherlands

Dutch residence permits for employees

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If you want to work in the Netherlands as an employee (a labour migrant), there are multiple options for obtaining a Dutch residence permit, outlined in this guide.

Moving to the Netherlands with family

Moving to the Netherlands to join a partner or family member

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If you have a family member living in the Netherlands find out if you're eligible to join them with a 'family reunification' Dutch residence permit.

Dutch permanent residence for non EU/EEA/Swiss nationals

Permanent residency in the Netherlands

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After living in the Netherlands for five years, foreign nationals and their family members can apply for a Dutch permanent residence permit.

When your Dutch permit expires

When your residence permit expires or you want to leave the Netherlands

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If your Dutch resident permit expires, you can apply to extend it or opt for a different permit. If you leave instead, you must deregister and return your permit.

Study in the Netherlands: Dutch student visas

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Foreign students can apply for a Dutch student permit for the duration of their course – plus an additional one year 'orientation visa' upon graduation to look for work.

Dutch residence permit for Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degree graduates

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Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree graduates from both Dutch and leading foreign universities can apply for an 'orientation year' permit to live in the Netherlands for one year to look for work.

Registration for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the Netherlands

A guide for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens moving to the Netherlands

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A guide to the rules and registration required for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens coming to live and work in the Netherlands.

Dutch visa for highly skilled migrants

Dutch residence permit for highly skilled migrants

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Employers can apply for Dutch entry/residence permits on behalf of highly skilled migrants before they arrive in the Netherlands.

Guide to Dutch visas and permits

Moving to the Netherlands: Guide to Dutch visas and permits

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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 apply for the correct Dutch visa or permit for your individual situation.

Dutch permit for Bulgarians, Romanians and Croatians

Long-term residence in the Netherlands for Croatian nationals

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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.

Preparing supporting documents for Dutch visa and permit applications

Preparing supporting documents for Dutch visa and permit applications

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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.

Dutch visa for seasonal workers

Dutch residence permit for short-term contract workers

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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.

Dutch visa for scientific researches

Dutch residence permits for scientific researchers

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If you have access to a doctoral programme and have been selected to work on a scientific research project, you and your family can apply to live and work in the Netherlands.

Dutch visa for exchange programs and working holidays in the Netherlands

Dutch residence permits for exchange programmes

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Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders can apply for one-year working holiday schemes; other nationalities can live in the Netherlands for one year under private exchange programmes.



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