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This article was originally published on August 9, 2022, and was updated on February 15, 2023, for the latest updates and information.

February 15, 2023, Update: The Netherlands government extended measures allowing visa-exempt highly-skilled foreign nationals to work without obtaining a residence sticker or residence document. Previously, these measures were due to expire on January 22, 2022.

Original Post From August 10, 2022:

Key Points

  • The Netherlands will allow entry visa-exempt foreign nationals to begin working in the country without having to obtain a provisional residence permit, known as a residence endorsement sticker


The government of the Netherlands announced that highly skilled foreign nationals who are exempt from requiring an entry visa would no longer need a provisional residence permit (MVV), known as a residence endorsement sticker, to begin working. In contrast, the official residence permit is processed. As a result, entry visa-exempt foreign nationals will be permitted to start working upon arrival in the Netherlands if they have received a work authorization letter from the Dutch authorities issued after July 22, 2022, and have filed a residence permit application.

These measures will remain in effect until at least January 22, 2023. Visa-exempt foreign nationals who applied for a residence permit before July 22, 2022, will still be required to obtain a residence endorsement sticker before beginning to work in the Netherlands.

What are the Changes?

The government of the Netherlands introduced work permission changes for foreign nationals exempt from requiring an entry visa to enter the country. Some entry visa-exempt nationals include citizens of Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, and citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Area.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of the Netherlands’ website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The Government of the Netherlands

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