EU-Turkey Association Agreement
Association law between the European Union (EU) and Turkey was laid down in the 1963 Association Agreement. Additions to the Association Agreement were made with the Additional Protocol in 1970 and Decision 1/80 in 1980. The Association Agreement applies to these Turkish employees and their family.
- You have the Turkish nationality. In addition, you may have another nationality, for example the Dutch nationality.
- You are working legally in the Netherlands in line with one of these situations:
- You work as a paid employee.
- You work on a self-employed basis or want to work on a self-employed basis.
- You work as a service provider.
- You carry out genuine and effective work. This is certainly the case in one of these situations:
- You earn a living from work that is at least 50% of the social welfare level. On the Government of the Netherlands website, you can find out the level of Social welfare benefits in the Netherlands (this link is only available in Dutch).
- You work at least 40% of the full working week.
- You do not pose any risk to public order and national security.
Family members of Turkish employees
- You are the spouse or registered partner.
- You are the child of a Turkish employee or of the spouse or registered partner of a Turkish employee. You are under 21 years old. Older children must depend on the Turkish employee for their primary necessities of life. Primary necessities of life are for example food, clothes and housing. These rules also apply to grandchildren who are members of the employee’s family.
- You are the parent or grandparent of a Turkish employee or of the spouse or registered partner of a Turkish employee. Parents and grandparents must depend on the Turkish employee for their primary necessities of life.
Less strict requirements by Association Law
Because of Association Law between the EU and Turkey, these less strict requirements apply to Turkish employees and their family.
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Lower costs (fees) when applying for residence permitopen minus
Lower age requirement when applying for residence permit for partneropen minus
Sponsor not requiredopen minus
No point system for residence permit for work on self-employed basisopen minus
No more work permit (TWV) needed after working 3 yearsopen minus
Residence permits according to Association Law
Turkish employees and their family members can apply for these residence permits according to Association Law between the EU and Turkey.
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Residence permit for paid employmentopen minus
Independent residence permit after stay with family memberopen minus
Residence permit for finding and carrying out work (orientation year) after marriage has endedopen minus
Independent residence permit after orientation yearopen minus
Residence permit based on the 3-year policyopen minus
- Text of the Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey on the website of the European Union
- Applying for a self-employed person residence permit
- Applying for a residence permit for family members of Turkish employees
- Living in the Netherlands
- Travelling with a residence permit and return visa