Immigrate to the Netherlands from Croatia

Updated on Thursday 18th May 2017

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Croatian citizens who want to immigrate to the Netherlands must take into consideration two aspects: their nationality and the purpose of their stay. When moving to the Netherlands you need to understand how the Dutch immigration legislation works. Just like any Dutch immigration lawyer, our team of immigration experts can provide you all necessary services for entering the country. 


How to obtain a Dutch residence permit as a Croatian citizen?


The Netherlands is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Area, so all Croatian citizens who want to travel, study or reunite with their families don`t need a visa for this purpose. Croatian citizens who intend to stay in the Netherlands for more than three months, will need to obtain a Dutch residence permit. This immigration document is issued by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), stands for an official identity document and is recommended for practical reasons (banks and insurance companies usually require this document and is best to have it). The documents that you must provide in order to obtain this residence permit are:

•    a valid passport/ a Croatian identification card;
•    proof of a sufficient income in the Netherlands;
•    a health insurance that covers at least €30.000 in the Netherlands.


Our immigration consultants in the Netherlands can assist Croatian citizens throughout the entire process of obtaining the residence permit.
 

Croatian citizens who wish to work in the Netherlands


 As the latest addition to the European Union, Croatia signed a series of transnational arrangements that restricts the right to work of its citizens, until 30th June 2020. Although most EU countries dropped these restrictions, Croatian employees still need a work permit in the Netherlands. All Croatian citizens who want to work in the Netherlands must obtain a work permit. Only the employer can apply for a work permit, you cannot do it on your own. This condition is valid until the 1st of July 2018. The work permit is not necessary for self-employed persons or freelancers.

For more detailed information about the immigration regulations in the Netherlands, Croatian citizens are invited to contact our team of local immigration experts.

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