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Intra Corporate Transferees (Directive 2014/66/EU)

You work for a company established outside the European Union (EU) and you are going to be transferred to a branch in the Netherlands.​ You need a residence permit for this.

Within the framework of intra EU-mobility, subject to certain conditions, you can also be transferred to a branche of this company within another EU Member State, which has implemented the Directive (Denmark, the United Kingdom and Ireland do not participate). 

Your employer applies for a Single Permit. This is a permit that entitles the foreign national to stay and work in the Netherlands. The Single Permit combines the residence permit and the TWV. You only have to apply for one permit, to one authority: the IND. The IND asks advice from the Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency (UWV) about the labour market aspect. UWV assesses the request for advice based on the criteria of the Foreign Nationals Employment Act (Wav). The IND takes a decision on the basis of the advice of UWV. If the decision is positive and the Single Permit is issued, the IND will inform you accordingly.

Your employer can choose to become a recognised sponsor. This is not obligatory. Recognition as sponsor has a number of advantages.

Other conditions
apply to persons with the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and their family members.

Conditions

There are certain conditions that apply to everyone. In addition, you and your employer have to meet the following conditions:

  • You are not a national of an EU/EEA or Switzerland.
  • At the moment of submitting your application, your main residence is outside the EU.
  • You will be working in management or as a specialist (so-called key personnel) or as a trainee.
  • You will be transferred from a company outside the EU to a branch in the Netherlands.
  • Prior to being transferred you were employed with the company outside the EU for at least 3 months.
  • You have a valid employment contract with a company established outside the EU or an assignment letter from your employer, containing the following details:
    • details about the duration of your transfer and the location of the branch in the Netherlands;

    • details showing that you will have a position in management, as a specialist or as a trainee-employee;

    • your salary and the other terms of employment during the transfer;

    • details showing that after the transfer you can be transferred to a branch that is part of the same company and which is located in a different country.

  • You have the qualifications and experience needed of a manager or specialist in the branch to which you are being transferred. If you are a trainee-employee, you must have a master's diploma. If you are in a regulated profession, you must have proof of recognition of your professional qualifications. 
  • The terms of employment, employment relationships or employment conditions are similar to those that are statutorily required and common in this sector. In other words, the salary must be in keeping with market rates. This is the salary criterion for working as a highly skilled migrant.
  • The branch in the Netherlands was not established to simplify the admission of transferred employees.
  • The Netherlands is the member state in which you will reside most of the time during the transfer.
  • Economic activity must exist between the employer and the branch in the Netherlands.
  • You may not have been resident in the Netherlands for a prior transfer within the company immediately before the application (waiting time numerous transfers).
  • The employer or branch in the Netherlands must not have been fined, during the 5 years immediately before the application, in connection with a violation of article 2 of the Aliens Employment Act or due to non-payment or insufficient payment of wage tax, premiums for employee insurance schemes or national insurance premiums.
  • If you are a trainee-employee, you will follow a trainee programme and will not be deployed as a normal employee.

Please visit www.werk.nl/werkvergunning for more information on the conditions based on the Foreign Nationals Employement Act (Wav).

Other conditions may apply for Turkish nationals and their family members.

Costs

This application costs € 926. 

Checklist documents

The application form lists the documents that you have to enclose with the application.

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.
 
 

Steps in the application procedure

1. Submit application and payment

​To travel to the Netherlands, you need a provisional residence permit (mvv). The mvv is a sticker that the Dutch representation places in the passport. In some cases, you do not need an mvv.

Your employer applies for the mvv and the Single Permit at the same time. Your employer uses the application form. The form is at the bottom of this page. Your employer sends the application form together with the required documents to the IND. After the application has been received, the IND sends a letter stating how the fees are to be paid.

2. Receipt and check application

After your application has been received, the IND sends a confirmation letter. The confirmation letter states the date the IND has received the application. It also states the period within which the IND makes a decision.

The IND will then check to see if your application is complete and that the fees have been paid. Are documents missing, or are documents not correct? In that case, the IND will send a letter: a request to rectify the omission. This letter lists the documents that still needs to be sent. Send the requested documents before the mentioned date to the IND.

3. Decision

​The IND checks whether you and your employer meet all the conditions. The IND can ask the UWV for advice about the labour market aspect.  The IND has to make a decision within a period of 90 days. UWV has a legal period of 5 weeks for the advisory procedure. UWV will contact your employer directly if more information is needed. UWV provides an opinion and sends it to the IND

  • Negative decision
    If you or your employer do not meet the conditions, you will not get an mvv or a Single Permit. You will be informed about the decision in the formal decision. The IND will send the decision by post. You can apply for a review of this decision.
  • Positive decision
    If you and your employer meet all the conditions, you will get an mvv and a Single Permit. The IND informs your employer about this decision. The IND also informs the Dutch representation.

4. Collect mvv

​You collect the mvv from the Dutch representation that your employer filled in on the application form.

You have 3 months to collect the mvv. Please make an appointment for this with the representation. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months on the day you get the mvv.

You have to give your biometric information upon collecting the mvv.

5. Travel to the Netherlands

​Once you have collected your mvv, you can travel to the Netherlands. The mvv is valid for 90 days. The validity is shown on the mvv sticker. The mvv sticker shows 2 dates:

  • Effective date: as of this date the mvv is valid.
  • End date: as of this date the mvv is no longer valid.
The mvv allows you to travel within the Schengen Area.

Steps in the application procedure

1. Submit application and payment

You do not have an mvv-required nationality. You are travelling to the Netherlands in your permit-exempt term. This means that you do not need a visa to travel to the Netherlands. After arriving in the Netherlands, you have 3 months to apply for a Single Permit.

Your employer applies on your behalf for the Single Permit. Your employer can find the forms at the bottom of this page. Your employer sends the application form to the IND together with the required documents.  After the application has been received, the IND sends a letter stating how the fees are to be paid.

2. Receipt and check application

After your application has been received, the IND sends a confirmation letter. The confirmation letter states the date the IND has received the application. It also states the period within which the IND makes a decision.

The IND will then check to see if your application is complete and that the fees have been paid. Are documents missing, or are documents not correct? In that case, the IND will send a letter: a request to rectify the omission. This letter lists the documents that still needs to be sent. Send the requested documents before the mentioned date to the IND.

3. Decision

The IND checks whether you and your employer meet all the conditions. The IND can ask the UWV for advice about the labour market aspect. The IND has to make a decision within a period of 90 days. UWV has a legal period of 5 weeks for the advisory procedure. UWV will contact your employer directly if more information is needed. UWV provides an opinion and sends it to the IND

  • Negative decision
    If you or your employer do not meet the conditions, you will not get a Single Permit. You will be informed about the decision in the formal decision. The IND will send the decision by post. You can apply for a review of this decision.
  • Positive decision
    If you and your employer meet all the conditions, you will get a Single Permit.

Are you still abroad? Upon arriving in the Netherlands, you then go to an IND desk to give the biometric information.

Application forms and costs

Application for the purpose 'Transfer within a company’ (Directive on Intra Corporate Transferees 2014/66/EU) (for a recognised sponsor)7560

An employer who is a recognised sponsor uses this form to submit your application.

Checklist documents

Your employer has a list of documents that you need.

You must have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

Costs application

This application costs € 926.

  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Your application costs € 64.
  • Are you from San Marino or Israel? Based on the Benelux Treaty you do not pay for the application.

Download  

Application for the purpose 'Transfer within a company’ (Directive on Intra Corporate Transferees 2014/66/EU) (for a sponsor)7561

An employer who is not a recognised sponsor uses this form to submit your application. 

Checklist documents

Your employer has a list of documents that you need.

You must have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 926.

  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Your application costs € 64.
  • Are you from San Marino or Israel? Based on the Benelux Treaty you do not pay for the application.​

Download  

Application for the purpose of stay ‘Intra Corporate Transfer/Mobile ICT’ (Directive 2014/66/EU) (recognised sponsor)7563

An employer who is a recognised sponsor uses this form to submit your application.

Checklist documents

Your employer has a list of documents that you need.

You must have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

Costs application

This application costs € 926.

  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Your application costs € 64.
  • Are you from San Marino or Israel? Based on the Benelux Treaty you do not pay for the application.​

Download  

Application for the purpose of stay ‘Intra Corporate Transfer/Mobile ICT’ (Directive 2014/66/EU) (sponsor)7564

An employer who is not a recognised sponsor uses this form to submit your application. 

Checklist documents

Your employer has a list of documents that you need.

You must have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 926.

  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Your application costs € 64.
  • Are you from San Marino or Israel? Based on the Benelux Treaty you do not pay for the application.​​

Download  

Application forms and costs

Application for the purpose 'Transfer within a company’ (Directive on Intra Corporate Transferees 2014/66/EU) (for a recognised sponsor)7560

An employer who is a recognised sponsor uses this form to submit your application.

Checklist documents

Your employer has a list of documents that you need.

You must have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

Costs application

This application costs € 926.

  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Your application costs € 51.

Download  

Application for family members of your employee via recognised sponsor7514

Your recognised employer uses this form to apply for the residence permit of your family members. Your employer can also start the application online.

Checklist documents

Your employer has a list of documents that you need.

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 237.

  • Children under 18 pay € 51.
  • Are you from San Marino or Israel? Based on the Benelux Treaty you do not pay for the application.
  • Are you a family member of NATO personnel or personnel of TRON? You do not pay for the application.
  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Or is your partner a Turkish national and does your partner have the right to work in the Netherlands? Your application costs € 51. 

Apply online  Download  

Application for the purpose 'Transfer within a company’ (Directive on Intra Corporate Transferees 2014/66/EU) (for a sponsor)7561

An employer who is not a recognised sponsor uses this form to submit your application. 

Checklist documents

Your employer has a list of documents that you need.

You must have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 926.

  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Your application costs € 51.

Download  

Application for the purpose of stay ‘Intra Corporate Transfer/Mobile ICT’ (Directive 2014/66/EU) (recognised sponsor)7563

An employer who is a recognised sponsor uses this form to submit your application.

Checklist documents

Your employer has a list of documents that you need.

You must have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

Costs application

This application costs € 926.

  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Your application costs € 51.​

Download  

Application for the purpose of stay ‘Intra Corporate Transfer/Mobile ICT’ (Directive 2014/66/EU) (sponsor)7564

An employer who is not a recognised sponsor uses this form to submit your application. 

Checklist documents

Your employer has a list of documents that you need.

You must have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 926.

  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Your application costs € 51.​

Download  

After the application

Collect your residence permit

The IND aims to have the Single Permit ready for you within 2 weeks following your arrival in the Netherlands. You receive a letter when you can collect the Single Permit at the IND desk.
Make an online appointment to collect your residence permit. You do not necessarily need an appointment to do this. However, keep in mind that there might be a considerable waiting time if you do not have an appointment.

Check to see if the information on the Single Permit is correct while you are still at the IND desk. If something is incorrect, inform the IND staff member at once.

Registration with the municipality

Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you must register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BPR)  in the municipality you are going to live.

To register with the municipality you need a legalised and translated  birth certificate. Take this therefore with you when you travel to the Netherlands.

TB test

You have indicated your intent to undergo a tuberculosis test (TB test) when you applied. You have to make an appointment for this with the Area Health Authority (GGD). You do this within 3 months after having received your residence permit. Please take the 'TB test referral form' with you to the appointment.

In some cases you are exempt from taking a TB test.

Take out health insurance

Anyone living in the Netherlands must take out health insurance. You do this within 4 months following your arrival in the Netherlands.

Validity residence permit

​The maximum validity of a Single Permit is 3 years for managers and specialists.
The maximum validity of a Single Permit is 1 year for trainee-employees.

The maximum validity includes the transfers between EU member states.

Right to work

The Single Permit states 'Work permitted due to transfer within a company, other work permitted with a work permit TWV'. This means that you can work at a branch of the company in the Netherlands. If you want to do other work in the Netherlands, your employer must first obtain a work permit (TWV).​

Legal obligations

There are a number of legal obligations that apply to you and your employer.

The IND monitors your compliance with these legal obligations. Failure to meet these legal obligations may have consequences.

Intra EU mobility

​With this residence permit you may apply for intra EU mobility. This allows you to be transfered to a branch of the international concern located in another participating EU member state. This is possible for short term and long term.

Short term mobility

Short term mobility is possible for a stay of a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. For short term mobility in the Netherlands the employer will have to notify UWV of the short stay. After the notification at UWV you may directly start work.

Long term mobility

Long term mobility is possible for a stay of more than 90 days within a period of 180 days. You will need to have a residence permit for the Netherlands. You do not need to apply for an mvv. After submitting the application you may directly start work. A few conditions will not be checked again:

  • required duration of the employment (at least 3 months);
  • required qualifications and experience;
  • requirement of a trainee agreement (if you are a trainee-employee).

Further applications (extend or change) / return visa

Replace residence permit

Is your residence permit damaged, lost or stolen? In that case, have the residence permit replaced.

Extend residence permit

Is your residence permit due to expire soon? Apply for an extension.

Change residence permit

Has something changed in your situation that influences your residence permit? Please report this immediately to the IND. It may mean that the residence permit has to be changed sooner.

Return visa

If you are awaiting a procedure, you do not have a valid residence document at present and you wish to travel outside the Netherlands, you may need a return visa to re-enter the Netherlands. This could be the case if your current residence permit is no longer valid or your current residence permit will expire during your stay outside of the Netherlands. To apply for a return visa you must meet certain conditions. ​​

TWV

​A TWV is a work permit. The employer applies for a TWV with UWV (Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency). UWV examines among other things if there is no employee with the Dutch, EU/EEA or Swiss nationality that is qualified for the job. For more information about the TWV, check the website of UWV (only in Dutch).

Management position

A person holding a senior position, who primarily directs the management of the host entity, receiving general supervision or guidance principally from the board of directors or shareholders of the business or equivalent; that position shall include: directing the host entity or a department or subdivision of the host entity; supervising and controlling work of the other supervisory, professional or managerial employees; having the authority to recommend hiring, dismissing or other personnel action;

Specialist

​A person working within the group of undertakings possessing specialised knowledge essential to the host entity's areas of activity, techniques or management. In assessing such knowledge, account shall be taken not only of knowledge specific to the host entity, but also of whether the person has a high level of qualification including adequate professional experience referring to a type of work or activity requiring specific technical knowledge, including possible membership of an accredited profession.

Trainee

​A person with a university degree who is transferred to a host entity for career development purposes or in order to obtain training in business techniques or methods, and is paid during the transfer.

Provisional residence permit (mvv)

​The provisional residence permit (mvv) is a visa you need if you wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days.

Dutch representation

​This is the Dutch embassy or consulate.

Formal decision

​A formal letter with the decision on your application.