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Working Holiday Program: working longer than 12 weeks for one employer allowed

23 September 2019 Foreigners holding a Working Holiday Program or Working Holiday Scheme permit are as of 1 October 2019 again allowed to work without a work permit for a period longer than 12 weeks for the same employer. A year ago, on 1 October 2018, the restriction was put into the regulation that these foreigners could only perform ‘incidental work’, meaning working a maximum of 12 weeks for the same employer. The restriction is waived as of 1 October 2019 under political pressure of Canada. The Dutch Secretary of State does note, that it is still not allowed under the Working Holiday Program or Working Holiday Scheme to work fulltime with an employment contract for one year. The main purpose of this permit is cultural exchange. The Dutch Secretary of State continues that the Working Holiday Program or Working Holiday Scheme permit will not be issued if the main purpose for applying fort this permit is work, study or family reunification.

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