What is a cross-border worker?
A cross-border worker is someone who lives in one country but works in another country. This is usually a neighbouring country. Cross-border workers go back home duringat the weekends or on other days off.
These are the requirements for cross-border workers:
- You work in the Netherlands.
- You live in another EU country, for example Belgium or Germany.
- You have the nationality of the EU country where you live or you live there with a valid residence permit.
- You go to your home in the other EU country at least once a week.
- You must register in the Register of Non-Residents (RNI) for a Citizen Service Number (BSN).
- You have a work permit (in Dutch: tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV). A TWV is a work permit for foreign employees. Your employer only needs a TWV for you in these situations:
- You live in the other EU country with a residence permit.
- You live in the other country as a family member of a citizen of the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. You yourself have a different nationality, and your family member with an EU, EEA or Swiss nationality of the EU, EEA country or Switzerland does not work in the Netherlands.
Your employer applies to the Employee Insurance Agency (in Dutch: Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen or UWV) for the TWV.
No residence permit, but a cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker
Cross-border workers do not need a residence permit. Do you not have the nationality of a country of the EU, EEA or Switzerland? Then you can apply for a cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker. This is not required, but other authorities sometimes ask for proof that you are allowed to be in the Netherlands. This endorsement is a sticker that the IND places in your passport.
Validity of the cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker
The cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker is valid for 1 year. Will you still be working in the Netherlands afterwards? Then you must apply for a new residence endorsement sticker.
Process and costs
These are the steps in the application process for the cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker:
Rules and regulations
- B10/2.2. Aliens Act Implementation Guidelines (in Dutch: Vreemdelingencirculaire 2000) (only available in Dutch)
- Annex 7h Aliens Regulations (in Dutch: Voorschrift Vreemdelingen) (only available in Dutch)