New policy for Japanese citizens in the Netherlands

The upcoming policy change annuls an exemption for Japanese citizens that was put in place in February 2015. According to this exemption, Japanese nationals did not require a work permit in the Netherlands. After the policy change comes into effect, Japanese nationals will once again have to act as a sponsor, obtaining a permit on the Japanese citizen’s behalf that combines residence and work permits.

Transitional period

Those Japanese nationals who already have a valid Dutch residence permit will not be immediately affected, as the policy change will come into effect with a transitional period. However, before an expiring residence permit of a Japanese citizen can be renewed, their employer must apply for a work and residence permit on their behalf.