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Living in the Netherlands

Residence and Work Permits

In order to reside in The Netherlands, one must be in possession of a valid residence permit. This must be obtained from the Dutch Immigration authorities, the Immigratie en Naturalisatiedienst otherwise known as the IND. Please see www.ind.nl for further information.

A very useful website, offering a personalized checklist on where to go and what to do when settling either temporarily or permanently in the Netherlands, can be found through the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. To go directly to this website, click here. 

In order to work in The Netherlands one must be in possession of a valid work permit. This must be obtained from the Center for Work and Income or CWI in the city of your employment. Please see http://www.werk.nl/ for further information.

The U.S. Consulate General has no authority to issue residence and/or work permits in The Netherlands. Neither can we assist you in the procedure of obtaining permission to stay and/or work in The Netherlands.

A good point of reference for information on visiting or immigrating to The Netherlands is the Dutch Embassy in Washington, D.C., or the Dutch Consulate nearest you. http://dc.the-netherlands.org/