The type of visa needed, or whether any visa is necessary, is determined by the home country of the foreign nationals your company is sending to the Netherlands.
Citizens from the European Union (EU); from Iceland, Norway, and Lichtenstein (EEA); and from Switzerland are free to work and live in the Netherlands without an employment visa. Citizens from countries outside of the EU, EEA, and Switzerland are required to apply for a combination residence and employment visa (GVVA) if the duration is longer than 3 months.
Employers are generally required to file paperwork for work permits on behalf of their employee (a combined visa called a TWV), and it depends on the length of stay and the type of work. We’ve included a list of the most common work authorization categories for the Netherlands below.
Employers and employees need to make sure they apply for the correct visa or work permit and provide the necessary documentation in their application and when entering the Netherlands on a valid visa. There are a variety of different types of work permits and visas for the Netherlands, but we’ve listed the most common ones below.
Processes and requirements vary by the type of visa. To figure out which visa your business requires, click below to download our Netherlands Information Sheet or click here to set up a consultation