An employer can only offer employment to non EU nationals, except Croatians, after they have a work permit for them. This is not required for highly skilled migrants.
It is the employer who is responsible for requesting the work permit. The employee cannot do this.
A work permit is then only issued after it has been established that the employer was unable to find a suitable candidate within the Netherlands and EU.
This test is referred to as the labour market test. Only if no such candidate is available is an employer in a position to apply for a work permit.
The application for the work permit takes place via the UWV Werkbedrijf which has up to five weeks to make a decision. (The UWV is the Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen – office for reintegration and temporary income.)
Parallel to the application for a work permit, a visa and residence permit also needs to be applied for before employment can begin.
The successful application of a work permit requires careful preparation. We will be glad to advise your company. Please feel free to contact one of our immigration lawyers.
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