You are going to work in the Netherlands, but you live in another EU Member State, such as Belgium or Germany. You are a cross-border worker. On this page you read when you are a cross-border worker and the conditions for working in the Netherlands.
You are a cross-border worker in the following situation:
You do not need a residence permit for the Netherlands. But maybe your employer must apply for a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning of TWV) for you. Are you not a national of a country of the EU, EEA or Switzerland? Find out which countries are in the EU and EEA. The cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker shows that you are working as a cross-border worker in the Netherlands. The sticker is applied in your passport. It is not obligatory to apply for the cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker, although employers, banks, insurance companies or other organisations may ask to see the sticker.
There are a number of rules for working in the Netherlands. These rules also apply if you do not apply for a residence endorsement sticker.
You are not allowed to work in the Netherlands if you do not have a Citizen Service Number (BSN). Your employer uses your Citizen Service Number to pay taxes and employer's contributions on your wages. You will receive a Citizen Service Number when you register in the Register of Non-Residents (RNI). You can arrange to do this at municipal offices that have an RNI desk. Read more about how to get a Citizen Service Number.
A TWV is a separate work permit for foreign employees. Your employer will apply for the work permit via the Employee Insurance Agency (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen – UWV). Read more about work permits on werk.nl (Dutch only).
Whether you need a TWV as a cross-border worker depends on your situation:
Are you a national of a country in the EU/EEA or Switzerland? You are free to work in the Netherlands and you do not need a TWV. Read more about working in the Netherlands as an EU national.
An EU national is someone who has the nationality of a country in the EU/EEA or Switzerland. If you have a different nationality, you may need a TWV. If the EU national also works in the Netherlands, you will not need a TWV. If your EU family member does not work in the Netherlands, your employer does need to apply for a TWV. This also applies if your EU family member stops working in the Netherlands.
You need a TWV to work in the Netherlands.
You can apply for a cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker at an IND desk. You need to make an appointment first. Call the IND to make an appointment for a cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker.
You need to bring these documents with you to your appointment for the cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker:
You do not have to pay for a cross-border residence endorsement sticker.
Please bring the requested documents with you on the day of the appointment. The IND will assess your application immediately during your appointment. If you meet the conditions of a cross-border worker, the residence endorsement will be placed as a sticker in your passport. If you do not meet the conditions, you will not receive a residence endorsement sticker for a cross-border worker.
The cross-border worker residence endorsement sticker is valid for 1 year. If you are still working in the Netherlands after that period, you can apply for a new residence endorsement sticker.