Hélène Jonker writes a bi-weekly immigration law column in a local newspaper. These columns are also featured below.

Work Permit

All foreign nationals, with the exception of EU, Swiss and Norwegian nationals, require work authorization to undertake working activities in the Netherlands. They may start to work upon receipt of the work permit. Highly skilled migrants are not obliged to apply for a work permit.

The Dutch entity is responsible for the work permit application and must prove that there are no priority-enjoying workers in the Netherlands and the EU able to fulfil the specific function. The employer must actively search for a suitable candidate. If no priority enjoying candidate can be found within a 5 weeks – 3 months period, the application can be filed.

The application for a work permit is a long and cumbersome procedure and must be well prepared. Extensive documentation must be provided allowing the UWV (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen –  the Dutch Public Employment Service) to make a sound judgement whether sufficient efforts (including advertising the vacancy in professional journals, on the internet etc.) have been made to find priority-enjoying workers.

We have filed numerous work permit applications and are able to provide an initial advice as to the chances of success for this particular work permit application.