Registration procedures and residence permits
Kinds of employment
- If you are a national of one of the Member States of the EU / EEA or Switzerland and wish to come to the Netherlands, the following procedureapplies: registration with the local authority in the Netherlands in which you are resident; if you wish to stay for less than 4 months or if you require a Citizen Service Number you can make a telephone appointment with one of the following local authorities: https://www.werk.nl/pucs/groups/public/documents/document/wdo_013812.pdf
- For residence you will in any case need: a valid passport or other valid travel document; sufficient means of support; a certificate of medical insurance.
- The following reasons for residence are considered as a stay pursuant to the EC Treaty: Work; Study; Economic inactivity; Stay as a family member of an EU national.
- Even if you do not need a residence document (period of stay < 3 months), it may still be useful to have a declaration of registration with the IND. Organisations such as the Tax and Customs Administration and banks may request this.
The last few years have witnessed a sharp rise in the use of flexible employment contracts. An increasing number of employees have a temporary contract, a temping job or an on-call contract. Temporary employment is an accepted phenomenon and a good way of gaining work experience. Work experience is considered extremely important in the Netherlands.
Alongside these forms of contract there are also possibilities for entering into a learn-work agreement.
Within all these different types of employment contract, many employees work part-time.
Other forms of employment include self-employed work with or without staff, street artists and voluntary work. One special category is that of street artist (in the fields of music, theatre, mime, circus, portrait drawing). As a street artist, you do not need a work permit to develop the activities associated with this occupation.For a short stay in the Netherlands, EU nationals do not need a residence permit. However, you must be able to identify yourself at all times by means of a valid EU passport, EU ID card or EU driving licence.You must have sufficient funds to be able to support yourself. You must also have medical and accident insurance. Ask the local authority where you want to work if a permit is necessary in return for payment of a fee. The local authority can impose rules, so ask about these when you apply for a permit.The local authority will need your address. You should make sure you have arranged for accommodation before you apply to the local authority. Street artists must declare their income from street activities for tax purposes.
Voluntary work is the performance of unpaid work as a member of an organisation for: nursing homes, schools, cultural institutions.
However, voluntary work is not highly regulated. As a volunteer you are dependent on agreements made with the organisation you work for.