Introduction of the Single Permit

The single permit is a combination between a residence permit and a work permit. Foreign nationals who want to come to the Netherlands to work (for more than three months) now only need to start a single procedure. In the past they had to apply for a work permit at the UWV and for a residence permit at the IND.

The conditions under which a foreign national may come to the Netherlands for work and residence purposes has not changed. The single permit applies to the majority of the labor migrants. However, a few categories of foreign nationals have been exempted from the single permit.

For more information please contact Mrs. Hilde Cevaal. She can be contacted by e-mail: or by phone: +31 787 518 450.

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