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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Prakken d'Oliveira, formerly known as Böhler, is a law firm with expertise and experience in asylum and immigration law, European law, administrative law, international criminal law and human rights. Our lawyers provide advice and conduct procedures before the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND), the Dutch Review Committee on the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD), the District- and Appeals courts, the Administrative Law Division of the Dutch Council of State, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), the Human Rights Treaty Bodies of the United Nations (UN), the International Criminal Court (ICC), and other international tribunals.