Cross border worker

You live in another Member State of the EU (for instance Belgium or Germany) and you work in the Netherlands. You can be considered a cross border worker. You can get a residence sticker in your passport.

Conditions

In order to be considered a cross border worker, you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • You live in another Member State of the EU (for instance Belgium or Germany) with a valid residence permit for that country.
  • You work in the Netherlands.
  • You return to your place of residence in that other Member State at least once a week.

Residence endorsement sticker cross border worker

Having your valid residence permit of that other Member State of the EU means that you can stay in the Netherlands. You do not need to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands.

You can get a residence endorsement sticker in your passport as a cross border worker. This is not obligatory, however an institution (bank, insurance company) or an employer may ask for this.

If you meet the conditions, you can collect the residence endorsement sticker at an IND desk. Please call 088 043 04 30 to make an appointment for this.

Work

You are only allowed to work in the Netherlands if your employer has a TWV for you. The employer applies for a work permit to UWV. For more information, your employer can check the website: www.werk.nl (only available in Dutch).

Are you a family member of an EU citizen? You can work in the Netherlands without a TWV when you meet all of the following conditions:

  • You live in another EU Member State as a family member of an EU citizen.
  • You work in the Netherlands.
  • Your family member (the EU citizen) also works in the Netherlands.

Citizen service number

You are only allowed to work in the Netherlands if you have a Citizen Service Number (BSN). This is issued by the municipality when you enlist in the Register of Non-Residents (RNI).

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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.