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As of 1 July, Croats free to engage in work on the labour market

As of 1 July, Croats are free to engage in work on the labour market. On 1 July 2013 Croatia joined the European Union.

The Netherlands, like many European countries, back then made use of the possibility of postponing the right of workers to freedom of movement. This on account of economic circumstances at the time in our country. A Croat was only allowed to work in the Netherlands when his employer held a valid work permit for persons from outside the European Economic Area. In 2015 this so-called transitional regime was extended for a further three years until 1 July 2018.

Given the current favourable economic situation there is no reason to extend this transitional period once more. Therefore, as from 1 July 2018, Croatian citizens no longer need a work permit for persons from outside the European Economic Area to work in the Netherlands.

Also, a Croat may no longer lodge an application for testing against the EU law (proof of lawful residence). A valid Croatian passport or ID card is adequate proof that a Croat is residing legally in the Netherlands and may work freely.

Herewith, Croatian citizens and citizens of other EU/ EEA countries and Switzerland are on the same footing.

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