Visa information

Learn more about the visa possibilities.

Everything about your Dutch visa

If you would like to do your internship in The Netherlands, it is important to know if you are allowed to do this based on your situation. On this page you will find all the information to discover which situation counts for you and which requirements The Netherlands demands.



Are you a citizen of the EU/EEA or Switzerland?

Yes - You can do your internship in The Netherlands without any permits.

No - Please go to the next question.


Does you have a Dutch “study” residence permit?

Yes - The employer and educational institution need to sign an agreement that meets certain criteria by the Dutch government.

No – Please answer the next question.


Will you stay in The Netherlands for more than 90 days?

No – Is the internship part of the Erasmus+ Programme?

--- No – A work permit is required. You might also need a short-stay Schengen visa.

--- Yes – No work permit is required. You might also need a short-stay Schengen visa.

Yes – Please answer the next question.


Do you have a residence permit stating “arbeid vrij toegestaan” (free to work)?

Yes – You can do your internship in The Netherlands without any permits.

no - Please answer the next question.


Is the internship part of the Erasmus+ Programme?

Yes – No work permit if required, but a residence permit is.

No – A work permit and a residence permit are required. You will probably need to apply for a single permit through the IND.



Please note that rules may change over time. For the most up-to-date information, please contact the IND of the Netherlands or contact us using the contact form.


Experience the best time of your study

How amazing is it to do an internship in The Netherlands where a completely different company culture prevails and where different standards of conduct apply? A jump into the deep, but also a jump to an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. In addition you will quickly make new friends with colleagues, roommates and other international students during your internship abroad.

During your internship in The Netherlands, you will have enough free time to discover The Netherlands or perhaps other countries, make beautiful trips and have unforgettable experiences. Doing an internship in The Netherlands feels like a huge long vacation for most students.