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Immigration and settlement in the Netherlands


At the outset, we want to note that there are some countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands, and these countries are

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holly see (Vatican State) , Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, (Republic) Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore , Solomon Islands, South Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, East Timor, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, and Venezuela.

If you are a citizen of any other country, you need a residence visa for a period of less than 3 months in the Netherlands. You need to apply for a visa at the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country before you come to the Netherlands.

How to obtain a visa

If you need a visa to visit the Netherlands, you must apply for a visa at the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country. You must do this about two months before your arrival in the Netherlands as visas are not issued upon arrival in the country.

Stay for a period longer than three months in the Netherlands

If you are planning to stay in the Netherlands longer than 3 months then you need Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV). The MVV is the temporary residence permit for anyone who wants to stay in the Netherlands for more than three months.

If you are a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or you are a member of your family who is a citizen of these countries and do not hold EU citizenship, you can check whether you need a visa or a certificate on the Ministry of Security and Justice website.

The types of visas that you can obtain for the Netherlands

There are different types of visas available for the Netherlands, and it will depend on the reason for your visit and which visa you need to apply for.

  • Schengen visa (read below for more information)
  • Transit visa: This is a permit from the airport to pass through the Netherlands to your final destination. You can change flights, but you cannot leave the airport.
  • MVV: This is a temporary residence permit. This visa is required for students who plan to sign up for courses lasting more than three months.
  • Work permits: This is closely related to your residence permit and your nationality. You may or may not need a work permit to engage in paid activities in the Netherlands.

Work in the Netherlands

Your residency status and nationality will determine whether you need a work permit to work in the Netherlands or the Netherlands It has an internationally focused workforce and is constantly looking for foreigners and for this reason there is a skilled immigrant program in which a work permit is not required to reside and work. In addition, foreign employees who plan to stay in Netherlands for more than three months on a single permit representing a residence permit and a work permit known as Gecombineerde Vergunning voor Verblijf en Arbeid (GVVA).

You or your employee can apply for a single permit instead of one residence and one employment, through the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND). Again citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland do not need permits to work or reside in the Netherlands unless you are from Croatia and in this case you will need a work permit presented by the employer for the first year Croatian citizens can work freely in the Netherlands without a permit after 12 months from Legal work (these restrictions will be revised in 2018 and may be in effect until 2020) Skilled workers, self-employed immigrants, students who have recently graduated, or anyone with a relative with a valid work permit in the Netherlands can work without a permit All will need a work permit .