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The Immigration- and Naturalization Service has confirmed that (most) Ukrainians with a study visa are free on the Dutch labor market. The students also fall under the Temporary Protection Directive Ukraine. Consequently, the students are not bound by the labor market endorsement on their residence permit (‘Work permit required for additional work, other work as an employee not permitted’).

Students of other nationalities are only allowed to work up to 16 hours a week or full-time during the months of June, July and August. An employer also needs apply for a work permit for these students.

For (most) Ukrainian students, these restrictions do no longer apply. They are allowed to work without a work permit, for as many hours as they want. However, employers must notify the UWV if they employ a Ukrainian.

It is wise for Ukrainian students to keep checking the conditions carefully. The rules are constantly changing. For the latest update, please check the UWV website (Dutch only).

For more information please contact Anne Wijffelman or Hermie de Voer.

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