A residence permit to gain work experience under a programme of the European Union (EU) allows you to live in the Netherlands for a company work placement or a vocational work placement. On this page your read the conditions and how to apply for the residence permit.
The information on this page applies in these situations:
The European Union (EU) has an Erasmus+ action programme to give people in the EU opportunities for study and work experience abroad. Find out more about the action programme Erasmus+.
You do not need a residence permit to work as a trainee or apprentice in the Netherlands.
Find out more about living in the Netherlands as a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
If you intend to do a company work placement or vocational work placement but not under Erasmus+, there are other conditions that will apply to you. Check out the conditions for work experience as a trainee or apprentice not under an EU programme.
If you are hiring a foreign worker, then you are the sponsor of that worker. As an employer, you can be a recognised sponsor. Recognised sponsors can easily and quickly apply for residence permits for employees and for their family members. Recognition as a sponsor is not compulsory when hiring workers to work on a EU programme: becoming a recognised sponsor is completely voluntary. Find out more about applying to the IND to become a recognised sponsor.
The following additional conditions apply to a residence permit to work as a trainee or apprentice under an EU programme.
You will need to produce certain documents to show that you meet the conditions for the work placement (vocational or company) residence permit. To apply for a residence permit for the purpose of a work placement under an EU programme, you need the following documents:
Official foreign documents must be legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French, or German. Find out more about legalising and translating foreign documents.
To travel to the Netherlands, the worker needs a visa. This visa is called a provisional residence permit, or mvv (machtiging tot voorlopig verblijf). In some situations, an mvv is not required. Find out more about the mvv and when you do not need one.
The employer (sponsor) can make the application, which is the easiest route to take. However, the worker (foreign national) can also make the application. You apply for the provisional residence permit (mvv) and the residence permit at the same time. This can only be done in writing. There are different application forms. Please, make sure to choose the correct form.
If you need a provisional residence permit (mvv) and you wish to apply for the mvv yourself? Please contact the Dutch representation in order to schedule an appointment to submit your application. For this, please use this application form:
If you do not need an mvv, you apply at the IND in the Netherlands. For this, please use this application form:
If you or your sponsor apply for a residence permit at the IND in the Netherlands, please follow these steps:
The IND will send a letter to the employer to pay the costs of the application (charges). If the worker has made the application, he/she will receive a letter from the Dutch Embassy or Dutch representation.
The application for a work placement as part of an EU programme costs € 320.
The IND has 90 days to decide on your application for a residence permit to gain work experience. This period is called the decision period. It is specified by law. The employer will receive a letter stating the date by which the IND will decide on the application.
The IND tries to process an application from a recognised sponsor within 2 weeks. However, the application must be complete.
Employers can apply for review of the decision within 4 weeks. The decision letter explains how to do this. Find out more about applying for review or appealing a decision from the IND.
Has the decision period passed and you have still not received a decision on your application or review? Then the IND is late in deciding. Find out what you can do if the IND is late with its decision.
The residence permit is valid for the period of work experience in the Netherlands. The permit is valid for a maximum of 1 year. You will not be able to renew your residence permit after that year.
With this residence permit, the worker is only allowed to work under the EU programme. You do not need a work permit (TWV). The worker is not allowed to do other work in the Netherlands. The back of the residence permit states: 'TWV niet vereist voor specifieke arbeid, andere arbeid niet toegestaan' (TWV not required for specific employment; other employment not permitted).
The worker and the employer must comply with several legal obligations.