In order to protect the Dutch labour market, certain categories of foreign employees may only perform work if the employer has a TWV. The term labour should be interpreted broadly: internships, practicals, doctoral studies, visiting research. Nor is the existence of an employment contract required. An application for TWV must be submitted for them for the first year of work. After this year has elapsed they have unrestricted access to the labour market. Should an academic employee need a TWV nonetheless, relaxed regulations apply.
When is a regular work permit (TWV) required?
Work permitted for students
Most of the times you can apply for a Single Permit. You thus only apply for one permit. You do this at the IND. The additional document states for which employer the foreign national may work and under which conditions. Do you want to apply for a Single Permit?
Types of work permits in the Netherlands
Skip to main content Skip to navigation. Foreign employees normally require a work permit in the Netherlands tewerkstellingsvergunning, TWV. However, conditions apply to obtaining these permits. If you hire someone through an intermediary or you outsource work to another company, then these third parties must apply for the work permit. If you want to employ the foreign worker for less than 3 months, they will probably need a work permit. It is valid for a maximum of 1 year, after which you must apply for a renewal. If you want to employ the foreign worker for 3 months or more, you will generally have to apply for a combined residence and work permit GVVA , the so-called single permit. The GVVA is a residence permit with an additional document stating for which employer they are permitted to work and under which conditions.