A labour migrant is a foreign national who comes to the Netherlands to work as an employed worker. Also included are spiritual leaders or ministers of religion.
Most of the times you can apply for a GVVA (single permit for residence and work). The GVVA combines the residence permit and the TWV. You thus only apply for one permit. You do this at the IND.
The IND asks advice from the Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency (UWV) about the labour market aspect. UWV assesses the request for advice based on the criteria of the Foreign Nationals Employment Act (Wav). The GVVA consists of a residence document and an additional document. The additional document states for which employer the foreign national may work and under which conditions.
Different conditionsSearch for available translations of the preceding link apply to persons with the nationality of an EU/EEASearch for available translations of the preceding link country or Switzerland and their family members.
|Where and how to apply|
To travel to the Netherlands, you need a provisional residence permitSearch for available translations of the preceding link (mvv). The mvv is a sticker that the Dutch representation places in the passport. In some cases, you do not need an mvvSearch for available translations of the preceding link. You apply for the mvv and the residence permit at the same time. This can be done in 2 ways:
You (to the Dutch representation in your own country or the country of continuous residence) or your employer (applies to the IND in the Netherlands) can submit the application for a GVVA.
Are you only allowed to work with a work permit? And is it not possible to apply for a GVVA? Your employer has to apply for the TWV to UWV. Your employer has to do this at the same time as the application for your residence permit. You cannot do this yourself.
For more information on where and how to apply, please check hereSearch for available translations of the preceding link, or contact your employer as to the procedures to be followed.
Your employer can choose to become a recognised sponsorSearch for available translations of the preceding link. This is not obligatory. Recognition as sponsor has various advantages.
Other conditionsSearch for available translations of the preceding link may apply for Turkish nationals and their family members.
The application form lists the documents that you must enclose with the application. You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translatedSearch for available translations of the preceding link into Dutch, English, French or German.
|Duration of validity of permits|
The Single Permit (GVVA) is valid for a maximum of 1 year.
The period of validity of your residence permit is the same as the period for which the work permit is given. If you do not need a work permit to work, the period of validity of your residence permit then is the same as the length of your employment contract with a maximum validity of 5 years.
Upon arrival, you must:
You have a decision on your application. The application has been rejected. Or your application has been approved, but you disagree with for example the start date or the labour market notification of your residence permit. You may submit an application for review. If you have a negative decision by the IND on your application for review. You may appeal to the court.
|Further information||More on the admission as an employed worker in the Netherlands|
Extension of stay
Is your residence permit due to expire soon? Apply for an extensionSearch for available translations of the preceding link.
Change of status
Has something changed in your situation that influences your residence permit? Please reportSearch for available translations of the preceding link this immediately to the IND. It may mean that the residence permit has to be changed.
The Single Permit (GVVA) consists of a residence permit and an additional document. The residence permit states ‘Arbeid toegestaan conform aanvullend document’ (work permitted according to additional document). The additional document states for which employer you may work and under which conditions. The residence document and additional document allow you to live and work for your employer in the Netherlands. Your employer receives a copy of the additional document.
You or your employer do not need a Single Permit or a TWV when you are free on the labour market. You are e.g. free on the labour market when you have worked in the Netherlands for 5 years. You or your employer only have to apply for a residence permit at the IND.
If you have lawfully lived in the Netherlands for an uninterrupted period of five years and you have a valid residence permit for a non-temporary purpose of stay, such as ´work in employment´ you can apply for a permanent residence permit. Certain conditionsSearch for available translations of the preceding link will have to be met in order to be eligible for permanent residence.
As the holder of a residence permit to work as an employed worker, it is possible to bring your spouse, (registered) partner or minor child(ren) to the Netherlands. Certain conditionsSearch for available translations of the preceding link will have to be met in order to be allowed to bring your family members.
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