Moving to the Netherlands from Thailand
Dutch residence permits for Thai employees
There are multiple options for obtaining a Dutch residence permit if you want to work in the Netherlands as an employee (labor migrant). A Thai employee can apply for a single permit which combines both residence permit and work permit in the Netherlands. Before applying for a residence permit, your employer in the Netherlands must obtain a work authorization according to the purpose of employment According to the provisions of the Dutch immigration law, for highly skilled migrants, the work authorization is included in their residence permit. The application for employee single permit has to be submitted with the IND offices. Your application will then be forwarded to the Dutch Employment Agency, which will make the final decision regarding your work permit. Your employer will be notified by the IND in case the work permit application is successful. The permit consists of two documents: a residence document and a separate work permit, stating the working conditions and the name of the employer that you will be working for. Certain immigrant categories are not eligible for the single permit.
Dutch citizenship for Thai nationals
If you moved to the Netherlands from Thailand and have lived there for five uninterrupted years, you can become eligible for Dutch citizenship through the naturalization process. There are specific conditions to fulfill in order to become a Dutch citizen:
• You can write and speak Dutch and have a civic integration diploma attesting this;
• You renounce your Thai nationality;
• You attend the naturalization ceremony in the Netherlands;
• You take the declaration of solidarity accepting that the Dutch laws also apply to you.
If you want to know the specific conditions for becoming a Dutch citizen, we invite you to contact our immigration lawyer in Netherlands.