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Work Permit Exemptions

When coming to the Netherlands to work, the general rule is that the employer will have to apply for a work permit for you if you do not have the nationality of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland. However, since the Dutch government wants to stimulate its ‘knowledge economy’, scientific researchers are often exempt from this requirement. This is fortunate, as an ordinary (full) work permit is generally quite difficult to aquire.

You don't need a work permit if:

  1. You are an EU/EEA or Swiss national (excluding Croatians), a work permit is not required as you can access the Dutch labour market freely and under the same conditions as the Dutch.
  2. You are a Croatian national who has had a Dutch residence permit for the purpose of ‘work’ for twelve consecutive months.
  3. You are a foreign national who has had a Dutch residence permit for the purpose of ‘work’ for five consecutive years and the Netherlands is still your main place of residence;
  4. You have a residence permit which provides an exemption of the workpermit obligation, with one of the following purposes of stay:
    - Orientation Year for Highly educated persons (Zoekjaar hoogopgeleiden)
    - Highly Skilled Migrant Scheme (Kennismigrantenregeling)
    - Scientific researcher under EC directive 2005/71
    - European Blue Card
  5. You are doing scientific research at a university
  6. You are doing research as part of an EU project or other bilateral research project
  7. You are a lecturer at a university (of applied science).

Source EURAXESS

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