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Working Holiday Program

Foreigners from Argentina,  Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Korea can easily obtain a residence permit for the Netherlands. This permit allows them to also work under some restricted conditions.

For Argentinians, Canadians, citizens of Hong Kong and South Korean the Working Holiday Program applies; for Australians and New Zealanders a similar program is called the Working Holiday Scheme.

In order to qualify for either program candidates must not be older than 31 years of age and be able to prove that they have sufficient means to buy a return ticket to their country of origin. They are not allowed to take out social benefits in the Netherlands.

Foreigners holding a WHP / WHS permit are only allowed to do 'incidental work'. Incidental means:

  • Working a maximum of 12 consecutive weeks for the same employer.
  • It is not allowed to spread the number of hours that will be worked over a period longer than 12 weeks.
  • After working for the same employer for 12 weeks, it is allowed to work for 12 consecutive weeks for a different employer.

The residence permit issued is valid for no longer than one year, and can not be renewed.

Foreigners holding a Working Holiday Program or Working Holiday Scheme permit that wishes to remain in the Netherlands following the expiry of their residence permit, may apply for another, indicating the purpose thereof. Candidates then have to be able to meet the requirements of the residence visit being applied for. 

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