International Trade Regulation

You wish to work in the Netherlands within the framework of the International Trade Regulation. You need a residence permit for this.

​With the International Trade Regulation a company can, in a flexible way, hire foreign employees to work in the Netherlands. To take part in the International Trade Regulation the company should register a project with UWV. A project can be a collaboration, a partnership or an agreement for the delivery of goods or services between the foreign company and the Dutch company. The employee does activities in the Netherlands that fall under the project. After approval of the project by UWV the company does not need a TWV for foreign employees that come to the Netherlands to work for the project. The company only has to notify UWV of the arrival of the foreign employee. For information on the criteria a project must meet and how to register a project, your employer can contact UWV.

You or your employer should apply for a residence permit at the IND. On this page you can read how to apply.

Your employer can choose to become a recognised sponsor. This is not obligatory. Recognition as sponsor has various 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 temporarily going to work in the Netherlands within the scope of a project in the context of the International Trade Regulation that has been approved by UWV. 
  • Your employer has notified UWV that you come to the Netherlands to work (notification duty).

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

Costs

This application costs € 290. 

Checklist documents

The application form lists the documents that you must enclose with the application.

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

 

After the application

Collect your residence permit

The IND aims to have your residence permit ready within 2 weeks following your arrival in the Netherlands. The IND will send you a letter indicating when you can collect your residence permit. For this, you have to make an appointment online at the IND desk stated in the letter. Keep in mind that it is not always possible to visit an IND desk at short notice. Therefore, please schedule an appointment in time.

Check to see if the information on your residence permit is correct while you are still at the IND desk. If something is incorrect, please 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 (BRP)  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.

Please contact your municipality in advance to check which (legalised and translated) documents/ certificates you need to take with you.

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.

Right to work

The back of your residence permit shows if you are allowed to work. Your residence permit states 'specifieke arbeid toegestaan. TWV niet vereist', meaning work is permitted only for your activities in the scope of the International Trade Regulation.

Validity residence permit

​Your residence permit is valid for 1 year or is valid for the duration of your work activities.

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.

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.

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. For more information, check Regular provisional residence permit (mvv).

Dutch representation

​This is the Dutch embassy or consulate.

Country of continuous residence

​A country of continuous residence is a country (other than the country of origin) where you may lawfully live for more than 3 months. This means you have a valid residence permit for that country. Or that you are waiting for your application for a residence permit to be approved.

Are you in a country in your free term? Or with a visa for short stay (maximum of 3 months)? This is not continuous residence.

formal decision

​A formal letter with the decision on your application.