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Conditions for working if you have a W-document for 1 year

Last updated: 4/15/2024, 3:36 AM
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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 valid

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    W-document
    .

  • Your asylum application has been pending for 6 months. You count from the time you signed your asylum application (the

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    M35-H form
    ) in Ter Apel.

  • 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

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Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen (UWV)
. You cannot do this yourself. The UWV decides on the application within 5 weeks. You may work once your employer has the TWV.

If an employer lets you work without a TWV, this is punishable. Your employer may then be fined. You cannot be fined yourself. If your work permit expires, your employer must apply for a new work permit.

You will need a BSN number

In practice, most employers want you to have a

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citizen service number (BSN)
. Your employer can then more easily create a contract for you and deposit wages into your bank account. To open a bank account, you need a BSN.

You get a BSN when you register in the

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Dutch population register (BRP)
. There are 5 locations in the Netherlands where you can register. You will receive an invitation to register.

In some cases, an employer does want to make a contract without a BSN. And they can pay your wages to your Yoursafe account from COA even if you do not have a BSN yet. But how much money you can receive on your Yoursafe and from whom depends on your type of YourSafe account. Do you not have a BSN but you do have a Yoursafe account? Then ask the COA employee to help you.

Sometimes you need a Certificate of Good Conduct (CGC)

Sometimes you may need a

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Certifacte of Good Conduct (CGC)
for work or volunteer work. Usually the organisation will apply for this CGC for you. You do not need a
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BSN
to apply for a CGC.

If you have work you have to pay a contribution for childcare

If you are staying in the COA reception centre, you must report your income to COA. You then have to contribute to the costs of the reception centre. You can keep 25 percent of your income, up to a maximum of €246 per month.

If you earn more than the amount you have to pay for childcare, you get to keep the rest of the income as well.

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