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EU/EEA or Swiss citizen

You have the nationality of an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland. You do not need a residence permit to live and work in the Netherlands.

​Live and work in the Netherlands

You have the nationality of an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland. You do not need a residence permit or TWV to live and work in the Netherlands. You do not need to report to the IND.

Having a valid passport shows that you are staying here lawfully and that you are allowed to work. Does an organisation or company still ask you for proof of lawful stay from the IND? You can show them this letter from the IND (Dutch only).

Family members with a different nationality

You are a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, but you have another nationality yourself. To live and work in the Netherlands you must apply for a residence document based on EU law.

Au pair

You have the nationality of an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland. And you wish to work in the Netherlands as an au pair. In that case, additional conditions may apply.

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.

 

After arrival

​Registration with the municipality

 Are you planning to stay in the Netherlands for more than 4 months? You have to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) in the municipality where you are going to live.

To register with the municipality you need a legalised and translated  birth certificate. Take this 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.

Rights and obligations

Rely on general funds

Do you rely on (additional) general funds? Do you, for example, receive social welfare benefits? The IND may then 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. This information is available in several languages.

Further applications

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

Have you lived in the Netherlands for an uninterrupted period of 5 years? You may then apply for a residence document for permanent residence. Are you a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen? And you have a different nationality? You may then also apply for a residence document for permanent residence.

Becoming a Dutch citizen

If you have lawfully lived in the Netherlands for period of 5 years you may apply for Dutch citizenship.

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).