Conditions for paid work
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If your asylum application is pending in the Netherlands for 6 months or more, you may perform paid work under conditions.
Under these conditions, you may work for pay:
You have a validW-document
Your asylum application has been pending for 6 months. You count from the time you signed your asylum application (theM35-H form
) in Ter Apel.
You may work a maximum of 24 weeks per year (52 weeks). As an artist, you may work a maximum of 14 weeks.
Your employer has a work permit (TWV) to hire you.
Are you under the age of 18? If you are 16 or 17, special rules apply to how long you can work.
Your employer must apply for a work permit (TWV) for you
Your employer applies for the work permit from the
If your work permit expires, your employer must apply for a new work permit. You must then first wait 28 weeks for a new permit. During those 28 weeks, you will not be able to work.
Still, your employer might not get a permit for you and have to wait 28 weeks. Your employer can then contact the organisation
If you work for an employer for less than 24 weeks and then find new work, your new employer must reapply for a work permit. You will then receive a work permit for 24 weeks minus the number of weeks you have already worked.
If an employer makes you work without a TWV, this is a crime. Your employer can then be fined. You yourself cannot be fined.