General Work Visa

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Talent Migration


If you wish to work in the Netherlands you need a residence permit for this: a single permit (GVVA), or a separate residence permit and work permit (TWV). There are various residence permits for working in the Netherlands. The type of residence permit, you can apply, depends on the job you find in the Netherlands.

In order to travel to the Netherlands, you need a [temporary residence permit] (mvv). The mvv is a sticker that the Dutch representation places on your passport. If you do not need an MVV, your employer will then apply for a combined permit for residence and work (vergunning voor verblijf en arbeid or GVVA) in your name, which combines the Dutch residence and work permit in one application via the IND(Immigration and Naturalisation Service).

Processing time for this visa is 90 Days.

You can bring your spouse and kids with you.

The general application process is :

  1. Get the employment letter or Work contract from the employer in the Netherlands.

  2. Prepare your visa application and gather other required documents for it.

  3. Apply for a Work visa and prepare to move to the Netherlands.



more than 3 months



120 Month(s)






60 Month(s)




Eligibility Requirements for the General Work Visa

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a valid passport for at least for 6 months
  • You must possess the required skill/experience demanded by the job offered
  • You need a job offer from an employer in the Netherlands
  • You should be of good character and health
  • Additional requirements may be present and will be guided to you by your employer

Document Requirements for the General Work Visa

7 Document Required

  • Visa application form, completed and signed
  • Copies of job offer letter from an employer
  • Copies of valid passport (like the bio page, past visas, etc)
  • Copies of work experience from previous employers
  • Copies of TB medical test (If applicable )
  • Copies of clear criminal record certificate
  • Additional documentation may be present and will be guided to you by your employer

Talent Migration data for Netherlands

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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