Working

Who can apply for jobs in the Netherlands?

Non EU/EEA nationals

Students who are not from one of the EU/EEA countries are allowed to have a part time job during their study under the following conditions:

  • You need a working permit for your part time job. Your employer needs to apply for it
  • You need a valid residence permit
  • You need to apply for a citizen service number
  • Maximum 10 hours a week or full time during the summer holiday

It is possible to do a internship during your study in the Netherlands. A requirement is that you are registered as a student in the Netherlands, and that the internship forms an integral part of your studies. In this situations, a work permit is not needed anymore. However, there must be an internship agreement between employer, the intern and the host institution. Please contact the International Office for more information.

EU/EEA nationals

In general, the EU & European Economic Area (EEA) allow for the free movement of money, goods, services and persons. This means that its inhabitants are allowed to live and work in any other member state.

Citizen Service Number (formerly Sofinumber)

In order to work in the Netherlands you need a Citizen Service Number (Burger Servicenummer or, in short, BSN) after January 1st, 2007. This number means you are registered in the tax and social security system. You can apply for a Citizen Service Number at the local office of the Tax and Customs Administration.

Residence Permit and Identification

Citizens from EU/EEA member states, do not need a residence permit in order to be allowed to work in the Netherlands. Once you have been in the Netherlands for more than 3 months, you should register with the IND. For more information consult the >IND website. On this website you will find a "residence wizard" through which you can find out about the rules for residency in the Netherlands for yourself and any family members.

Even if not directly needed, a residence permit can come in handy: sometimes employers ask for it before they enter into a contract with you, banks also ask for it when you open a bank account and other official institutions ask for this document as well.