The employer within the Netherlands is required to apply to the relevant and competent authority via the public employment services, for an employment permit on behalf of the individual in question. If the employer is granted the necessary employment permit then the worker will be granted a permit for work.
The usual procedure is that the Dutch client needs to prove they have properly and legally advertised the position in the Netherlands itself, for several months, but have been unable to locate a suitable candidate in the local Dutch job market – or from an EU state, as working persons traveling from EU member state to EU member state do not usually require a work permit.
The skills also need to be in serious demand or sought, after being increasingly rare. The individual needs to be highly qualified to fulfill the vacant position.
Working Visas Netherlands: New Member States
Nationals of the EU-Member states, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are all able to work without any restrictions within the Netherlands. Special rules can often apply to the new Member States of the European Union. For a certain transitional period, free movement of workers from these countries can be subject to some restrictions.
Job seekers from within the new EU member states are not required by law to complete any formality in order to obtain a work permit, as it is up to the employer and therefore the employer must apply to the competent authority. For all other nationalities, a work permit must be acquired before even stepping into a job within the Netherlands. Travel insurance is also a requirement that must accompany your visa application.
Working Visas Netherlands: Admission Scheme for Highly Educated Persons
The Netherlands have introduced an admission scheme for highly educated persons; individuals who have gained at least a Masters degree. These persons can obtain a residency permit for a maximum of 12 months in order to secure a job as a highly skilled migrant or to start a progressive company.
Alongside the degree, a points system is also applied. The candidate must score at least 35 points from 40. A master’s degree is 25 points, 5 points for a person between 21 and 40 years old and 30 points for a PhD. A further 5 points can be gained if the individual has previously studied or worked within the Netherlands, speaks English or Dutch or has received their diploma within a country recognising the education. It should be noted that, currently, the processing time for Visa applications is a minimum of 10 working days.