If you are a business owner, the economic impacts of the coronavirus may be hard to deal with. This article by the Dutch government approaches some of the issues that you may encounter, and highlights some of the services or websites you can go to for further information.

There are temporary measures in place to help entrepreneurs and self-employed people. These measures have been extended to internationals in the Netherlands in these abnormal circumstances.

FAQ - International Employment during COVID-19

Can my employee from abroad travel and move to the Netherlands ?

Whether you can travel to the Netherlands depends on your situation. An entry ban applies to some people travelling to the Netherlands from countries outside Europe. Europe means: EU countries, Schengen countries and the United Kingdom. The entry ban does not apply to everyone. Please find most detailled information here

Does my employee has to go in self-quarantaine upon arrival ?

Travellers arriving in the Netherlands from certain countries and regions should self-quarataine for 10 days. Even if they do not have symptoms or if they have tested negative for COVID-19. Once in the Netherlands, they can self-quarantaine at home or in a temporary or holiday accomodation. If your employee has already has a set appointment for BRP registration or BSN, please reschedule the appointment to a date after the period of self-quarantaine. All measures regarding travelling during COVID-19, are updated on the Dutch government website

I am an employer, educational or research institution. Because of the measures against the coronavirus, my employee or student cannot come to the Netherlands. Do I need to report this to the IND?

Yes, under your obligation to provide information, you must report changes to the IND within 4 weeks. For example in the following situations:

  • The employee that I have applied for residence for is no longer coming to the Netherlands.
  • The employee or student that I have applied for residence for is coming to the Netherlands later than indicated in the application.
  • The employee or student with a residence permit cannot return to the Netherlands. As a result, they can no longer meet the conditions associated with the residence permit. For example, a highly skilled worker will earn less than the required salary in the coming period, because they cannot work.

Report these and other changes that are important for the right of residence in the Business Portal, DVS or use one of the notification forms on the IND website and make sure that you record these situations in your administration because of your duty to keep records. You can find more information regarding your legal obligations and the notification forms on the following IND web pages for recognized sponsors for labour purposes and for recognized sponsors for scientific researchers

As a result of the measures against the coronavirus I am not able to report changes on time. What should I do?

Under the obligation to provide information, you must report changes to the IND within 4 weeks. For example, registrations and de-registrations. If you cannot manage to do this within 4 weeks, please indicate in each case why it is being reported too late. Report this in the Business Portal, DVS or use one of the notification forms on the IND website. The IND will take into account the facts and circumstances mentioned when handling the notification.

I am an employer and have received assistance under the short-time working scheme (wtv), which has since been discontinued. As a result, temporarily my employee does not meet the applicable income requirements. What next?

If temporarily your employee does not meet the wage criteria because of your reliance on the wtv scheme, this will not affect their residence permit. Their permit will not be revoked as a result. The IND is handling this situation flexibly. Under the obligation to provide information, you must report this to the IND within 4 weeks. Report this in the Business Portal or use one of the notification forms on the IND website. And make sure that you record these situations in your administration because of your duty to keep records.

I would like to save on my labour costs. Are there consequences if I let my employee work fewer hours or take unpaid leave?

Your employee must meet certain monthly income requirements. These still apply. Does your employee's salary fall below the required amount due to the measures you take? This may have an impact on the employee's residence permit. The IND can withdraw the residence permit. According to the existing obligation to provide information, if your employee no longer meets the income requirements you must report this to the IND within 4 weeks. Have you applied for assistance under the short-time working scheme (wtv)? Read more about this under the question 'I am an employer and have received assistance under the short-time working scheme (wtv) – see above - which has now been withdrawn. For more information on financial arrangements, such as the Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Sustained Employment (NOW), please find more detailled information here

As a result of the limited services at the IND desks, my employee(s) cannot receive a residence endorsement sticker allowing them to work. Can I still legally allow my employee(s) to work now?

Yes, even without a residence endorsement sticker, your employee(s) may work as long as the issued residence permit allows. Residence documents are temporarily only being issued to clients who have travelled to the Netherlands with a regular provisional residence permit (mvv).

New hires starting from abroad

People who cannot travel to the Netherlands because of travel restrictions and need to start working abroad need a BSN or Citizen Service Number for the employer's payroll administration. During COVID-19 crisis you can ONLY TEMPORARILY apply for a Burgerservicenummer (BSN ) for the employee abroad at the Dutch Tax Office, by using this form. When filling in the form, you can leave box 2 open. When the employee travels to the Netherlands to live and work, he/she still needs to register at the town hall for the Municipal Personal Records Database ( BRP ). Working from abroad may have consequences for their Dutch residence permit, residence rights in country they start working from, social security and taxes.

Are there any social or tax consequences for my employees if they are working from home due to corona measures?

Please find more information about this in this article on our website.

Do you have any other questions , or would like to know more about the government measures regarding international employees and businesses?

You can find more information on the following websites:
Employer: https://business.gov.nl/corona/situations/employer-during-the-corona-crisis-what-you-can-and-must-do/
Self-employed: https://business.gov.nl/corona/situations/self-employed-professional-zzp-er-during-the-coronacrisis-what-can-you-do/ 

If you need additional information or assistance regarding international employment in times of COVID-19, please contact us at info@expatcentreleiden.nl or contact our trusted partners in relocation, immigration, tax, health insurance or law directly.