A residence permit for seasonal work allows someone to work in the agricultural sector in the Netherlands for a maximum of 6 months. Find out on this page what the conditions are and how to apply for a residence permit.
A residence permit for seasonal work is a combined work and residence permit (or single permit). It is only for workers who are nationals of a country outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland. Find out which countries are in the EU and EEA. The information on this page applies to one of the following situations:
If you are hiring a foreign worker, then you are the sponsor of that worker. As an employer, you can become a recognised sponsor. Recognised sponsors can easily and quickly apply for residence permits for employees and their family members. Employers do not have to become a recognised sponsor to hire seasonal workers: becoming a recognised sponsor is completely voluntary. Find out more about applying to the IND to become a recognised sponsor.
The following conditions also apply for the residence permit for seasonal work:
You can find more information on the conditions under the Labour Act for Aliens (Wet arbeid vreemdelingen or Wav) on www.werk.nl/werkvergunning (in Dutch).
You need certain documents to show that you meet the conditions for a residence permit for seasonal work. To apply for a residence permit for seasonal work, you need the following documents:
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 and when you do not need one.
To work in the Netherlands, a seasonal worker needs a residence permit and a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV). The residence permit and work permit are applied for together as a single permit (gecombineerde vergunning voor verblijf en arbeid or GVVA). The IND will assess the application. For the work permit, the IND will request advice from the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV).
The easiest way is for the employer (sponsor) to apply. However, the worker (foreign national) can also apply themselves. 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.
Please note: If the worker is a long-term EU resident in another EU country, please use the application form on the
web page Long-term EU resident.
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:
Please note: If you are a long-term EU resident in another EU country, then please use the application form on the web page Long-term EU resident.
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. If the employer is a recognised sponsor, they can pay by direct debit. Otherwise, the IND will send a request to pay the application costs (fees) by letter.
The application for a residence permit for seasonal work costs € 192.
The IND has 90 days to decide on your application for a combined residence and employment permit (GVVA). 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.
How long your residence permit is valid for depends on the advice given by the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). The permit is valid for a maximum of 24 weeks.
This residence permit allows the seasonal worker to work under the conditions given in the supplementary document. The supplementary document is an extra document provided with the residence permit. It includes the conditions under which the seasonal worker is permitted to work. The back of the residence permit states: Arbeid toegestaan conform aanvullend document (Work permitted according to supplementary document).
The worker and the employer must comply with several legal obligations.