4 October 2018

THE NETHERLANDS: Several changes to residence permits

Working Holiday Program (WHP) and Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) 

Changes have been announced to the Working Holiday Program (WHP) and Working Holiday Scheme (WHS), which took effect from 1 October 2018. 

Based on these two programs, foreign nationals are allowed to perform ‘incidental’ work without a work permit. The change taking place refers to the definition of ‘incidental work', clarified by the government. ‘Incidental work’ means that a foreign national is allowed to work for an employer without a work permit for a maximum duration of 12 consecutive weeks. After the 12 weeks, the foreign national is allowed to work for another employer for another 12 (maximum) uninterrupted weeks, and so on.

Foreign nationals holding a permit that that was issued before 1 October 2018 are not restricted to this 12 week period for the same employer.

Intra-Corporate Transferee (ICT) Permit

Effective 1 October, foreign nationals holding an ICT permit are allowed to perform self-employed work next to the main working activities for which the ICT permit was initially granted. 

Foreign nationals holding a highly skilled migrant permit, EU Blue Card or study permit were granted the same benefit in April 2017.

No work permits for North Korean nationals

From 1 October North Korean nationals will no longer be eligible for work or residence permits in the Netherlands. Additionally, activities that fall under the work permit exemptions, like business meetings, are also not permitted for North Koreans.

These measures are taken to prevent North Korean nationals from working abroad to earn money, taken in accordance with UN-resolution 2371.

How does this affect the client?

Employers in the Netherlands should take these changes into account and plan accordingly. 


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