Croats no longer require a work permit

As of 1 July 2018, Croats will have the same rights as all other EU citizens to work in the Netherlands for regular jobs, work placements and jobs on the side.

In addition, Croats will be free to establish themselves as a self-employed person (zelfstandige) from that date on. Croatia was the last country to join the EU, on 1 July 2013. EU Member States are allowed to protect their labour market temporarily with regard to citizens of countries that have recently joined the EU. The Netherlands chose to do so, which meant that for the first five years after Croatia joined, Croats were only permitted to either work with a work permit or with a specific work permit waiver.

Full access

The Minister of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) has decided not to extend the transition policy for Croatian employees on the Dutch labour market. This means that Croats will have full access to the Dutch labour market as of 1 July.

STREAM platform has been updated

26 February 2018
The STREAM online training and good practice platform for admissions officers has been updated and is available free of charge.

Work permit no longer required for voluntary work

12 February 2018
International students and scientific researchers from outside the European Union wishing to do voluntary work in the Netherlands, no longer need a work permit (TWV) to do so.