Netherlands Work Permits

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for anybody hoping to start working in Netherlands. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Netherlands work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer. The Dutch work permit is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Netherlands is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue. 

Netherlands Work Permits

What is a Dutch Umbrella Company?

Umbrella companies in Netherlands “employ” contractors, but don’t make any decisions about your workload, clients or anything to do with your day to day operation. They simply process your payments by billing and collecting money from your clients, calculating your taxes and sending you a net wage. This is equivalent to the PAYE (pay as you earn) system employed by many companies, and it makes handling your tax in Netherlands a lot simpler. The fact that they technically become your employer helps you get your working visa in Netherlands with minimal fuss. 

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Netherlands Work Permit?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Netherlands work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Netherlands infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Dutch immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Dutch Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Netherlands. It depends on your specific Netherlands visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Netherlands.

Can Umbrella Companies Also Assist You with Netherlands Taxation?

Some umbrella companies are specialists in the Dutch tax system. They constantly stay up to date with the legislation and ensure that you get to keep the biggest proportion of your earnings possible. The PAYE system is ideal for most workers because you don’t have to complete any paperwork (aside from submitting your timesheets to the umbrella company) or worry about your taxes in any way (you’ll receive documentation for your records, though). You have a team of experts ensuring that you’re paid promptly and the various requirements for tax in Netherlands are met. 

How We Help You with Contracting in Netherlands

We work closely with numerous umbrella companies in Netherlands and we have a thorough knowledge of the different services they provide - especially regarding immigration to Netherlands. If you’re a business analyst, IT project manager, software developer, tester, telecommunications contractor or an oil and gas worker, we can help you get sponsorship for your work permit and keep more of your earnings by setting you up with an umbrella company. We’ll also answer any questions you have about Dutch visas or the country’s tax law, and we’ll contact the experts directly to guarantee 100 percent accurate advice. This all comes at no charge whatsoever to you and you’re not obligated to take on the services of any company. We’re just here to make your move as stress-free as possible. 

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Question and Answers about Work Permits in Netherlands
Q: Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit in Netherlands?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to get a Netherlands Work Permit?
A: 2-5 weeks

Q: What is the visa process?
A: The company sponsoring your visa must have the KMR (Knowledge Migrant Ruling) that allows them to hire skilled non-EU/EFTA nationals under a special residence permit. The candidate must provide their documentation: passport photos, degree/diploma/professional certifications, contract, copy of your passport, police clearance. Then the company sponsoring your permit will make the application to the Dutch authorities and once approved the candidate has the visa stamped into their passport in their country of residence.

Q: What documentation is required from the candidate?
A: Passport photos, degree/diploma/professional certifications, contract, copy of your passport, police clearance. This list isn’t exhaustive and will depend on such factors as the nationality of the contractor, skill set etc.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: €1,850

Q: Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Netherlands
A: No

Common Questions and Answers about Business Visas in Netherlands

Q: Can you organise business visas for Netherlands?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to process?
A: 5-7 days

Q: How much does a business visa in Netherlands cost?
A: €300

Q: Can nationals of certain countries enter Netherlands without a Business Visa? For example on an entry visa or visa waiver?
A: Yes. All EU national countries.