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Did you know that, besides marking the beginning of summer ánd world yoga day, the 21st of June is also the day on which music is celebrated in 120 countries worldwide? Amateur and professional musicians are invited to play music outside and there are many free music festivals to enjoy.

At Everaert Advocaten Immigration Lawyers, not only are we big music fans (evidenced by our very own ‘kantoorband’), we also enjoy working with musicians from outside the EU who need assistance in immigration-related procedures in the Netherlands. Our clients include (performing) self-employed artists with an opportunity to work with Dutch cultural institutions as well as those who are employed in the creative industry. We also assist in obtaining visas and residence permits for family members, who wish to accompany the artist to the Netherlands.

As a (performing) artist who is considering traveling and/or moving to the Netherlands, most likely the last thing you wish to spend time on in the midst of rehearsals and bookings, is figuring out the precise immigration procedures and conditions. Often, the specific rules (which can be more lenient for artists in certain situations) are overlooked. This may result in a rejection, which is an unfortunate – and unnecessary – consequence for both the artist and the Dutch audience.

The recognition of the value of international artistic exchanges is reflected in a set of rules and regulations applicable to non-EU artists who wish to work and live in the Netherlands. Under these rules, artists and musicians are eligible for a Dutch residence permit when their work is considered of essential cultural importance to the Dutch society. At Everaert Advocaten, we have the expertise to assist artists in all kinds of procedures.

Are you a musician with upcoming projects in the Netherlands and could you use assistance putting the right travel and residence papers in order? Please contact Nikki Vreede or Lotte van Diepen.

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