The rules for citizens of other European Union countries are less strict. You do not need to apply for a residence permit and you may work here just like Dutch citizens. You do not require a work permit for this. You do have to comply with the following requirements:

  • You must register in the municipality where you are going to live.
  • You must take out health insurance.
  • You must be able to support yourself financially. That means that you cannot call upon public resources and cannot apply for (social security) benefits. There are exceptions to this.

After five years of lawful residence in the Netherlands, you qualify for ‘permanent residence’. That means that you will have almost the same rights as Dutch citizens.
If you would like to find out whether you can live in the Netherlands as an EU-citizen, e-mail or call our attorneys for a telephone consultation without obligation.

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