Losing or changing your job and the consequences for your residence permit

20 Jan 2017 | Genoveva Geppaart

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Members of the international community often depend on their job to be able to stay in the Netherlands. Therefore, it is important to know your rights in case of job loss or changing jobs.

 

Losing your job

Members of EU countries have the same rights as Dutch citizens. When they lose their job, they don’t have to leave the Netherlands and can look for a new job. However, if you are not an EU national, there are limitations. There are two options:

  • You are a highly-skilled migrant. Your residence permit and work permit will end ,and you will have to leave the Netherlands. However, if you are not to blame for losing your job, you are entitled to look for a new job during 3 months. It is important to inform the IND about your situation. During these 3 months, you are entitled to an unemployment benefit from UWV.
  • You have a regular residence and work permit. You are entitled to look for a new job during 3 months, even if you are to blame for losing your job. It is important to inform the IND about your situation. During these 3 months, you are most likely entitled to an unemployment benefit from UWV.

 

Changing jobs

If you want to change jobs, there are roughly three options:

  • You are a member of an EU country. You don’t need a residence permit or work permit. You have the same rights as Dutch citizens.
  • You are a highly-skilled migrant with a combined residence and work permit.  If you change jobs, you are entitled to stay in the Netherlands as long as your work permit is valid and you qualify as a highly-skilled migrant.
  • You have a regular residence and work permit. In most cases you can stay, but often you need to extend your residence permit.

 

Employment law is quite complex. Therefore, it is recommended to seek legal help tailored to your personal needs.

 

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