As a local in the Utrecht Region, there are several procedures that you will need to take care of. Some of these, such as registration, is required for everyone. Here you will find a comprehensive guide to visas and permits along with special procedures in place for EU citizens and highly skilled migrants.
If you are considering moving to the Netherlands to live, study, work or join a relative or partner, you may need to apply for a Dutch visa and other relevant permits. Typically, your nationality and reason for coming to the Netherlands will dictate the required paperwork.
EU citizens: EU citizens do not need a visa or permits for living and working in the Netherlands. However, they are required to register at their municipality, either for a short stay permit if they stay for less than four months, or as a resident if their stay is longer.
Residence permits for non-EU citizens: Non-EU citizens wanting to stay in the Netherlands for longer than three months need to apply for a provisional residence permit (machtiging tot voorlopig verblijf, MVV), usually before travelling to the Netherlands. After arrival in the Netherlands, you will need to apply for a residence permit (verblijfsvergunning, VVR).
Work permit for non-EU citizens: In order to work in the Netherlands, you require a valid work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning, TWV). Only an employer can apply for this.
Orientation year: The orientation year (zoekjaar) permit allows recent graduates from non-EU countries and scientific researchers to stay in or come to the Netherlands for a period of up to twelve months. During this period, they can seek employment or work without needing an extra work permit. International graduates can apply within three years after their graduation.
Startup visa: This permit allows entrepreneurs from outside the EU to start up a business in the Netherlands. Conditions include guidance of an experienced mentor and an innovative business idea.
Expat Center Utrecht
Employers, international employees, self-employed persons, scientific researchers and (graduating) international students can turn to the Expat Center Utrecht for all the latest information concerning visas and permits; it is wise to remember, however, that these questions can only be answered by officials trained by the Immigration and Naturalisation Authority (IND), so an online appointment is a must.