The Dutch government has exempted certain Ukrainian nationals from work permit requirements.

Key Points:

  • Individuals in the following categories can live and work in the Netherlands without meeting work permit requirements:
    • Ukrainian nationals who resided in Ukraine on Feb. 23, fled Ukraine on or after Nov. 27, 2021, or were in EU territory on or after Nov. 27, 2021, and can prove that they lived in the Netherlands before Nov. 27, 2021 on the basis of a previously issued residence permit or asylum application.
    • Stateless persons or third-country nationals other than Ukrainian nationals who received protection in Ukraine and had a valid Ukrainian residence permit on Feb. 23.
  • Family members of the categories above, including spouses, unmarried partners in long-term relationships, minor unmarried children and other dependent relatives living in the household with.
  • Beginning April 15, employers must notify the labor inspectorate (UWV) within two business days before an individual in the aforementioned categories begins work.

Additional Information: Those who meet the requirements above will be able to work in paid employment in the Netherlands. Such individuals must register in the municipal records (BRP) and will receive a citizen service number (BSN) required for employment. Employers who fail to notify the UWV after April 15 may be subject to financial penalties.

BAL Analysis: The decision to exempt certain individuals from work permit requirements is welcome news to those affected by the war in Ukraine. Employers and employees are reminded that actions taken as a result of the war in Ukraine may change with little or no notice.

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