Paid employment: residence permit only

Last update: 20 June 2022

You need a residence permit for paid employment in the Netherlands. You often have to apply for a single permit (in Dutch: Gecombineerde vergunning verblijf en arbeid or GVVA), but this is not always possible. Then you can apply for a residence permit for paid employment. Find out what the requirements are and how to apply for the residence permit.

Do you want to know if you have to apply for a single permit (GVVA)? Visit the web page Other work in paid employment under single permit. The single permit combines the residence permit and the work permit (in Dutch: tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV).

Residence permit for paid employment 

Are you going to work in paid employment in the Netherlands, but it is not possible for you to apply for a GVVA? For example, because you will work in one of the specific jobs or situations you will read below? Or you no longer  need a work permit because you have worked for 5 years in a row in the Netherlands? Then you or your employer can apply to the IND for a residence permit for paid employment, if you want to work in any of these specific jobs:

  • Paid employment as a mass media correspondent
  • Paid employment as non-privileged military or civilian personnel
  • Paid employment under a Headquarters Agreement
  • Paid employment on a Dutch seagoing vessel or mining installation
  • You spend leave in the Netherlands after work on a seagoing vessel or mining installation
  • You are recovering from illness after work on a seagoing vessel or mining installation
  • You are looking for work on a seagoing vessel or mining installation
  • You are allowed to work without a work permit (TWV)

Requirements for paid employment

These requirements apply to you and your employer:

Apply for a work permit 

Usually, your employer also needs a work permit (in Dutch: tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV). Your employer itself must apply to the UWV for a TWV. The UWV is the Employee Insurance Agency (in Dutch: Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen or UWV).

You are sometimes allowed to work without a TWV. Then you are free on the labour market. For example, because you have a valid residence permit  and have worked for 5 years in a row in the Netherlands. 

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  • Extra requirements for mass media correspondents

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  • Extra requirements for paid employment on board a Dutch seagoing vessel or mining installation

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  • Extra requirements for spending leave in the Netherlands after work on a seagoing vessel or mining installation

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  • Extra requirements for waiting for recovery after work on a seagoing vessel or mining installation

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  • Extra requirements: looking for work on a seagoing vessel or mining installation

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  • Extra requirements for paid employment as non-privileged military or civilian personnel

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  • Extra requirements for paid employment under an employment contract

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Process and costs

These are the steps in the application process for a residence permit:

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Application forms

Written application forms

Download the right form. Fill in the form and send it by post.
I am an employer and recognised sponsor (you can also submit this application online):

Written application forms

Download the right form. Fill in the form and send it by post.
I am an employer and recognised sponsor (you can also submit this application online):

The residence permit

Find out what else you need to know about the residence permit:

TB test

Did you indicate at the time of the application that you will take a TB (tuberculosis) test? Then make an appointment with the public health service (in Dutch: Gemeenschappelijke Gezondheidsdienst or GGD). Do this within 3 months after you have received your residence permit. Take with you to the appointment:

Working with the residence permit

It says on the back of the residence permit whether you are allowed to work. Your residence permit says in Dutch Arbeid toegestaan mits TWV verleend (Work allowed if work permit granted). This means that you are allowed to work only if your employer has a work permit (TWV) for you.

Work on a seagoing vessel or mining installation

Do you have a residence permit because you work or have worked on a seagoing vessel or mining installation? Your residence permit says in Dutch TWV niet vereist voor specifieke arbeid, andere arbeid toegestaan mits TWV verleend (Work permit not required for specific work, other work allowed if work permit granted). This means that you do not need a work permit for your work on the seagoing vessel or mining installation, but you do need one for other work.

Work on the basis of a Headquarters Agreement

Do you work on the basis of a Headquarters Agreement? Your residence permit says in Dutch TWV niet vereist voor specifieke arbeid, andere arbeid niet toegestaan (Work permit not required for specific work, other work not allowed). This means that you are only allowed to work for the International Criminal Court or the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Free on the labour market

Are you free on the labour market? Your residence permit says in Dutch Arbeid vrij toegestaan, TWV niet vereist (Free to work, work permit not required). This means that you are allowed to work without a work permit.

Legal obligations

As a sponsor, your employer has an obligation to provide information and an obligation to keep and retain records. Is your employer a recognised sponsor? Then your employer also has a duty of due care. You only have an obligation to provide information. 

Read more about the legal obligations of recognised sponsors  and the foreign national’s obligation to provide information

The IND checks whether you meet your obligations. If you do not, you may get an administrative fine

Validity of the residence permit

The residence permit is valid for a maximum of 3 years.

Are you free on the labour market? Then the residence permit is valid for a maximum of 5 years.  

Are you going to work as a foreign correspondent? Then the period of validity of your residence permit is the same as the period of validity of your employment contract or appointment. 

Other applications

Replacement of the residence permit

Has your residence permit been damaged, lost or stolen? Then have the residence permit replaced. Visit the web page Residence permit damaged or change of personal details  or residence permit lost or stolen.

Extend the residence permit 

Will your residence permit expire soon? Then you can extend the residence permit.