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EU Citizens

People from another EU country or from a European Economic Area country do not need a work permit to be able to work in the Netherlands.

EU/EER countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (excluding Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France (including French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and la Réunion), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Balearic Islands and Canary Islands), Sweden, Switzerland.

UK Citizens

When you are British and move from the UK to the Netherlands you will need to apply for a residence permit. More information can be found on the site of the IND

From 1 January 2021, you can still come to live in the Netherlands for the first time. Then you need a residence permit which you have to apply for. The provisions for third country nationals are often stricter than for EU citizens. You will need a residence permit for a specific residence purpose. A residence purpose is a ground on which you are allowed live in the Netherlands.

Exception: UK or non-UK family members who come to live with you (a UK national), in the Netherlands on or after 1 January 2021. They do come under the WA if you have a right to live in the Netherlands under the WA. Read more about family reunification under the WA.

Residence permit

EU/EER nationals do not need a residence permit to stay in the Netherlands. If you are intending to stay in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you have to register yourself at the local government. For more information visit

More Information

For more information, please visit the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Office (IND) or the European Union website. The IND website offers lots of information as well as forms which you can download and send directly to the IND.

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