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Croatian

You have the Croatian nationality. You do not need a residence permit to live in the Netherlands. Having a Croatian passport or identity card shows that you are lawfully staying in the Netherlands.

Conditions

Are you going to stay in the Netherlands for more than 3 months? You then have lawful residence in the Netherlands if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have a valid Croatian passport or identity card.
  • You have health insurance that at least covers € 30,000 in the Netherlands.
  • You have sufficient income. Sufficient means the social welfare benefits standard applicable to you. This standard depends on your family situation.

You may apply for verification against EU Community Law (proof of lawful residence). This is not obligatory. Even if you do not apply for this residence document, your residence status will be unchanged as long as you continue to meet all the conditions. However, it is recommended to apply for this document for practical reasons. An institution (bank, insurance company) or an employer can ask for this.

Your residence document is an official identity document. You can identify yourself with it.

Work in the Netherlands

You are only allowed to work in employment in the Netherlands if your employer has a TWV for you. This condition is till 1 July 2018. Are you not going to work in employment, but as a self-employed person or freelancer for example? The work permit condition does not apply then.

The employer applies for a work permit to UWV. Please check the website of UWV for more information (only available in Dutch). Have you worked in the Netherlands in paid employment with a work permit for a continuous period of 12 months? The work permit condition then no longer applies. You are then free on the Dutch labour market.

The work permit condition also no longer applies if you previously had a residence permit that stated 'Arbeid vrij toegestaan, TWV niet vereist' (work freely permitted, no work permit required). For example, a residence permit 'looking for a job after study, promotion or research'.

If you move to a different country, this built-up right will be lost. When you then return to the Netherlands, you can only work with a work permit again.

Work as an au pair

If you wish to work as an au pair, extra conditions, may apply.

Jobseeker

After having been in the Netherlands for 3 months, you are still looking to find work in the Netherlands. You can show this for example with a proof of registration with UWV, letters of applications or an invitation letter for a job interview.

You can get a sticker as a jobseeker in your Croatian passport or identity card. You have to make an appointment for this.

Studying in the Netherlands

Are you staying in the Netherlands based on EU Community law? You then cannot receive a student grant based on the Student Finance Act. However, you may receive reimbursement of school and tuition fees according to the Student Finance Act. For further information about this, please go the website of the Executive Agency for Education (DUO).

Does the Croatian student have a small part-time job in addition to his studies? In most cases, DUO then does provide a full student grant. The student grant then has no consequences for the right of residence of the Croatian student.  

Conditions verification against EU community law

Are you going to stay in the Netherlands for more than 3 months? You may apply for verification against EU Community Law (proof of lawful residence). You choose a category. For each category different conditions apply:

You are going to work in paid employment for an employer in the Netherlands

You will have to meet the following requirements:

  • You are going to work for more than 3 months in the Netherlands.
  • The employer has applied a TWV for you to UWV.

Have you worked in the Netherlands in paid employment with a work permit for a continuous period of 12 months? The work permit condition then no longer applies. You are free on the Dutch labour market.

You wish to work in the Netherlands on a self-employed basis

You will have to meet the following requirements:

  • You are registered in the Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce. If this is required under the Commercial Registers Act 2007.
  • You are going to carry out real and actual work. The application form explains how you can prove this.

You are a service provider (you offer legal assistance for example)

You will have to meet the following requirements:

  • You can show the duration of the services to be provided.
  • Is a work permit needed in the service provider's country of establishment? You must then have a copy of this. This should state that you are authorised to work as an employee of the service provider.

You are a service recipient (you for example get legal assistance from a lawyer)

  • You are able to show what service you are receiving.

You are studying in the Netherlands

You will have to meet the following requirements:

  • You are enrolled with a private or public recognised educational institution or training institute for the duration of the education. This may also be vocational education.
  • You have sufficient income during your stay here.
  • You have health insurance that covers the Netherlands. This insurance is taken out in your name.

You are economically inactive

You will have to meet the following requirements:

  • You have sufficient income to support yourself (and your family members). As such, you do not need to rely on general funds. The application form explains how you can prove this.
  • You have health insurance that covers the Netherlands. This insurance is taken out in your name.

Costs

This application costs € 51.

Children under 18 pay € 29.

Checklist documents

The application form lists the documents that you have to enclose with the application. 

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.


 

Steps in the application process

1. Submit application and payment

​You apply for the residence permit to the IND yourself. Use the form Application for Verification against EU Law (certificate of lawful residence) (5005). You submit the application to an IND desk. You have to make an appointment for this.

You pay the costs (fees) of the application directly upon appointment. The IND will only process your application after you have made the payment. Also a passport photo will be taken of you at the IND desk.

2. Receipt and check application

​After your application has been received, the IND sends an confirmation letter. The confirmation letter states the date the IND has received your application. It also states the period within which the IND makes a decision.

The IND will then check to see if your application is complete and that the fees have been paid. Are documents missing, or are documents not correct? In that case, the IND will send a letter: a request to rectify the omission. This letter lists the documents that you still need to sent. Send the requested documents before the mentioned date to the IND.

3. Decision

​The IND checks whether you meet all the conditions. The IND has to make a decision within a period of 6 months.

  • Negative decision
    If you do not meet the conditions, you will not get a residence document. This decision is given in the formal decision. You can apply for a review of this decision.
  • Positive decision
    If you meet all the conditions, you will get a residence document. The IND will send you a letter to inform you when you can collect the residence document.

Application forms and costs

Application for Verification against EU Law (certificate of lawful residence)5005

Checklist documents

The application form lists the documents that you have to enclose with the application. 

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible (clear enough to be read).
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 51.

Children under 18 pay € 29.

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After the application

Collect your residence document

​The IND aims to have the residence document ready for you within 2 weeks after the decision. You receive a letter when you can collect the residence document. You do not have to make an appointment for this.

Check to see if the information on the residence document is correct while you are still at the IND desk. If something is incorrect, inform the IND staff member at once.

Registration with the municipality

If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you have to register him in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BPR)  in the municipality you are going to live.

To register with the municipality, your child needs a valid legalised and translated  birth certificate. Take this therefore with you when you travel to the Netherlands.​

Take out health insurance

Anyone living in the Netherlands must take out health insurance. You do this within 4 months following your arrival in the Netherlands.

Right to work

The back of your residence document shows if you are allowed to work. With this residence document, you may only work if your employer has a TWV for you. Your residence document states 'Arbeid in loondienst alleen toegestaan met TWV (work only allowed in paid employment with employment permit).'

The employer applies for a work permit to UWV. For more information, your employer can check the UWV website: www.werk.nl.

If you have worked in the Netherlands in employment with a work permit for a continuous period of 12 months, the work permit condition then no longer applies. You are then free on the Dutch labour market. You can then apply for a residence document that states 'Arbeid vrij toegestaan, TWV niet vereist' (work freely permitted, no work permit required).

The work permit condition also no longer applies if you previously had a residence permit that stated 'Arbeid vrij toegestaan, TWV niet vereist' (work freely permitted, no work permit required). For example, a residence permit 'looking for a job after study, promotion or research'.

Use of public funds

If you rely on (additional) general funds, such as social welfare benefits, this could end your lawful residence. This does not apply if you have permanent residence.

Please check the website of the SZW Inspectorate for further information on living and working in the Netherlands (available in various EU languages)

Further applications (extend or change)

Replace residence document

Is your residence document damaged, lost or stolen? In that case, have the residence document replaced.

Replace residence document

Is your residence document due to expire soon? You cannot extend your residence document. Instead you apply for Verification against EU law again. You submit the application to an IND desk. You have to make an appointment for this.

Permanent residence for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members

After having lawfully lived in the Netherlands for an uninterrupted period of 5 years, you can apply for a residence document for permanent residence permit.

Becoming a Dutch citizen

Having had a residence permit for a period of 5 years to stay with a spouse or partner, you may apply for Dutch citizenship

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​More information

Application form

TWV

​A TWV is a work permit. The employer applies for a TWV with UWV (Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency). UWV examines among other things if there is no employee with the Dutch, EU/EEA or Swiss nationality that is qualified for the job. For more information about the TWV, check the website of UWV (only in Dutch).

Formal decision

​A formal letter with the decision on your application.