Living in the Netherlands with a residence permit 'long-term resident EU' from another country

Last update: 30 May 2022

Are you a long-term EU resident in another country within the European Union (EU)? If so, you can apply for a Dutch residence permit. On this page you can find out when you are considered a long-term EU resident in another EU country and how to apply for a residence permit.

Who is a long-term EU resident in another EU country?

You are a long-term EU resident if you have a long-term resident's EU residence permit in an European Union (EU) country other than the Netherlands. This is a permanent EU residence permit. If you have such a permit, you can move to another EU country more easily. Not all EU countries issue a long-term resident's EU residence permit. Your residence permit from the other EU country must include the text 'long-term EU resident' in the language of that country. Find out what description of a long-term EU resident needs to be included on your residence permit.

Application for a Dutch residence permit 'long-term resident EU'

This page only contains information for persons who are long-term EU residents in another EU country. Have you already had a residence permit in the Netherlands for 5 years or more? Find out about applying for the long-term resident's EU residence permit in the Netherlands.

Apply for a Dutch residence permit

A long-term resident's EU residence permit from another EU country does not entitle you to live in the Netherlands. You therefore need to apply for a Dutch residence permit.

Advantages as a long-term EU resident

You have a number of advantages as a long-term EU resident. Advantages when applying for a Dutch residence permit. And an advantage when you have received the Dutch residence permit.

Advantages when applying for a Dutch residence permit

When applying for a Dutch residence permit you have these advantages: 

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Advantage after you have received a residence permit

When you have received the Dutch residence permit you will also have this advantage:

After 12 months in the Netherlands you can work freely without a work permit (TWV)

Do you also need a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning – TWV) with your Dutch residence permit? As a long-term EU resident you only need a work permit for the first 12 months. After that period you are free to work in the Netherlands without a work permit. You have to apply for replacement of your residence document to get the notification 'arbeid vrij toegestaan' (work allowed without work permit). Only once you have received the residence permit with the notification 'arbeid vrij toegestaan', you are allowed to  work without a work permit.

A TWV is a special work permit. By issuing a TWV, the government grants a company permission to employ a foreign worker. Foreign workers normally require a TWV for 5 years in order to work.

Temporary residence permit for a specific purpose of stay

You apply for a temporary residence permit. These permits always have a specific purpose of stay. The purpose of stay is the reason why you are coming to the Netherlands, e.g. to work, study or live with your partner. Every purpose of stay has different conditions. You can read about the conditions on the pages about the residence permit you want to apply for. There you can also read about how the application process works.

Separate written application form for long-term EU resident

There is a separate written form for long-term EU residents who want to apply for a Dutch residence permit. You can use that form for the following applications:

  • Residence permit for paid employment;
  • Residence permit for an intra-company transfer;
  • Residence permit for work on a self-employed basis;
  • Residence permit for work as a spiritual counsellor (spiritual leader or teacher);
  • Residence permit for cross-border services;
  • Residence permit for work experience;
  • Residence permit to stay as an economically inactive long-term resident;
  • Residence permit to stay with your partner (marriage, registered partnership or cohabitation as an unmarried couple).
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