A cross-border service provider residence permit allows an employee of a European company to work and live in the Netherlands temporarily. On this page, you can find out about the conditions and how to apply for the residence permit.
The cross-border service provider residence permit is for employees who are nationals of a country outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. Find out which countries are in the EU and EEA. The information on this page applies in the following cases:
The following conditions also apply to the cross-border service provider residence permit:
You must have documentation showing that you satisfy the conditions. The following documents are needed for the cross-border service provider application:
To travel to the Netherlands, your 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.
The easiest way is for the employer (sponsor) to apply. However, the worker (foreign national) can also apply. You can apply for the provisional residence permit (mvv) and the work permit at the same time. You can only apply in writing. There are different application forms.
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 employer pays for the application. The IND will send a request to pay the application costs (fees) by letter. Was the application submitted by the employee? If so, he or she will receive a letter from the Dutch embassy or consulate.
The cross-border service provider application costs € 320.
The IND has 90 days to decide on the application for a residence permit cross-border service provider. 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.
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.
This residence permit is valid for the contract period in the Netherlands. But the permit is valid for a maximum of 2 years. At the end of the 2 years, you can no longer extend the residence permit.
This residence permit allows the employee only to work for the client in the Netherlands. The employee is not permitted to do any 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 the specified employment; other employment not permitted).
The worker and the employer must comply with several legal obligations.