EU citizens don't need a work permit for the Netherlands and don't have any restrictions when it comes to finding work. But non-EU residents face a number of restrictions that have been put in place to avoid flooding the job market.
Getting a work permit for the Netherlands
Dutch work permits are employer- and job-specific, so non-EU expats will have to apply through a company. Unfortunately, employers who hire foreign employees have to prove that the applicant’s skills can't be found elsewhere in the EU, which is highly unlikely. It is worth noting that those with highly sought-after skills or on an intracompany transfer may find that they are exempt from the labour market tests.
Should expats wish to change jobs while working in the Netherlands, they won't be allowed to work for another employer until new papers have been issued.
Generally, a Dutch work permit is only granted for a maximum duration for one year.
Upon arrival in the Netherlands, expats should register at their local municipality and apply for a citizen service number or BSN (Citizen Service Number). It's not possible to work in the Netherlands without a BSN, which is also needed to open a bank account, receive a salary, take out insurance and claim other benefits.
*Visa and work permit regulations are subject to change at short notice and expats should contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.
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