You are a national of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. Read the conditions to live in the Netherlands and when you should register with the IND.
You have the nationality of a country of the EU, EEA or Switzerland. Find out which countries are in the EU and EEA. That means you are a Union citizen. You are coming to live in the Netherlands. You do not need a residence permit. However, certain conditions apply to your residence in the Netherlands. And you sometimes have to register with the IND.
Will you be living in the Netherlands for less than 3 months? In that case, you only need a valid passport from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland or a valid identity card. If you also want to work, you can do so without a work permit (TWV).
You may not be allowed to enter the Netherlands if:
The conditions when you will be living in the Netherlands form more than 3 months are different depending on your situation.
Other conditions depend on your situation:
That means you are an employee or entrepreneur or are looking for work in the Netherlands. The following condition also applies to you:
Is your income lower or do you work fewer hours than that? That does not necessarily mean that you are not performing genuine and effective work. The IND also considers other aspects, such as whether your salary payments continue if you are on holiday or sick, how long your contract is valid for or whether you have or are looking for customers.
Are you still looking for work? If so, you must have a good chance of finding a job.
That means you are not working. Two more conditions apply to you:
The source of your income is irrelevant. It may take the form of a pension, inheritance, maintenance payments, a benefit from abroad or income from your own assets. However, it can also be income or funds from a partner or someone else.
The following conditions apply to you:
Will you be working in the Netherlands as an au pair with a host family? If so, you and your host family must fulfil all the conditions of the Dutch au pair policy. The au pair agency must also be recognised as a sponsor by the IND. Only then is your host family allowed to pay you pocket money of € 340 per month.
Do you and your host family not fulfil the conditions of the Dutch au pair policy? Then your host family must pay you at least the minimum wage. If the host family does not pay you the minimum wage despite being obliged to do so, the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate (Inspectie SZW) can issue a fine to the host family.
If you apply or your family member applies for a benefit from public funds and you do not have a permanent residence permit, you may lose your residency entitlement in the Netherlands. The IND will assess your situation and check the level of your income. Different rules apply to income depending on whether you are economically active or inactive.
Do you still perform real and actual work? This means you still work at least 40% of the normal work week or that your income is still at least 50% of the social assistence benefit. If so, you will not lose your residency entitlement in the Netherlands after applying for a benefit (or additional benefit) from public funds.
If you no longer have enough income and also do not have a family member with sufficient income to support themself and you, the IND will check the level of your income and your outgoings. The IND will also check how long you have been living in the Netherlands. You have a greater entitlement to a benefit from public funds if you have already been living in the Netherlands for a number of years. If you have been living in the Netherlands for 5 years and have fulfilled the residency conditions over that 5-year period, you have permanent residency status and will not lose your residency entitlement in the Netherlands.
You do not need to register with the IND. The IND will check whether you are entitled to stay in the Netherlands, but only if other organisations notify the IND that you may no longer fulfil the conditions.
There are 2 situations where you do need to register with IND:
There are a number of things you need to arrange if you will be living in the Netherlands.
Register with the local authority in which you will be living. Your details will then be entered in the BRP. Read more about the Personal Records Database (BRP).
Everyone who lives in the Netherlands has to take out healthcare insurance. You should do this within 4 months of arriving in the Netherlands.
Read more about healthcare insurance in the Netherlands.