The Dutch government has extended a temporary work authorization policy, allowing certain highly skilled foreign nationals who do not have valid residence documents to begin working upon arrival.

Key Points:

  • Highly skilled foreign nationals who are exempt from long-term visa (MVV) requirements can continue to begin working in the Netherlands without residence documents until further notice.
  • If highly skilled foreign nationals received an approved extension but are waiting for their residence documents, they can continue to work with expired residence documents.
  • Highly skilled foreign nationals receive work authorization for up to four months if their permit approval letter mentions work authorization.
  • Those who meet the aforementioned criteria do not need a residence endorsement (VA sticker) to begin working in the Netherlands.
  • EU Blue Cards and intra-corporate transferees are excluded from this measure and cannot begin working upon arrival without valid residence documents.

Additional Information: Highly skilled foreign nationals are reminded that they must make an appointment to collect their residence documents and have their biometrics taken within two weeks of being notified by Dutch authorities.

BAL Analysis: Dutch authorities have granted work authorization upon arrival to certain highly skilled foreign nationals because of in-country immigration delays and difficulties in booking appointments until further notice.

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