Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in the Netherlands. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Dutch work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.
Countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals are free to work in Denmark without an employment permit. Until 1 July 2018, Croatian nationals must have an employment permit to work in the Netherlands. However, nationals from outside EEA or Switzerland must apply for a combined residence and employment permit (GVVA) if they intend to work in the Netherlands for more than 3 months. Some groups of foreign nationals are not required to apply for GVVA but they must still apply to the Employee Insurance Agency for a TMV work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning) and apply for a separate residence permit to the IND. These groups include:
- Foreign nationals intending to work in the Netherlands for less than 3 months
- Seasonal workers
- Asylum seekers
- Employees of an international company who are seconded to the Netherlands
The GVVA and TMV work permits is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in the 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.
As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your TMV provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in the 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.