120,000 international students choose to study in the Netherlands every year. Most fall into the category of 'degree students', who choose the country for its wide variety of English-speaking Bachelor's or Master's programs. While many nationalities are represented, the majority of these students come from European Union countries, allowing them to freely work in the Netherlands next to their studies or upon graduating.
However, we also reach out to non-EU students who would like to work in the Netherlands. Two processes exist to make this happen for them:
1. An employer applies for a TWV free of charge here. Once this has been done, students are then able to work up to 16 hours per week for that company during the academic year. During the months from June to August, on the other hand, students can choose to work full-time. In order for an employer to be able to apply for a TWV, the student must have obtained their residence permit, which usually takes no longer than 60 days after arrival in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, an employer should be able to receive a student's TWV within five weeks, during which the student is able to receive their training. As soon as they have received their TWV, they can start working.
2. A student registers as a freelancer via the KvK (Dutch Chamber Of Commerce) via this link
, allowing them to work without any hour restrictions. Several forms will have to be filled out online, printed and shown during an in-person appointment, where a 75 EUR registration fee will also be demanded. The student should receive their business number (KvK) within 10 weeks. Any student interested in undergoing this process should get a DIgiD , as this will simplify the process of getting insurance, paying taxes, etc. These will also be up to the student to manage themselves.