IND Registration stickers for EU nationals abolished

As of 6th January 2014, it is no longer necessary for EU Nationals to register with the IND. Eu/EEA and Swiss nationals residing (and working) in the Netherlands no longer need to apply for registration stickers in their passports from the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

In an open letter to employers, the IND explained that holders of EU passports are not required to register with the department in order to work in The Netherlands. If you are an EU national and a company or organisation requires proof of legal or long-term residence from you as a condition to hire you or to provide a service or product to you, your (valid) passport or ID card is sufficient proof that your residence in the Netherlands is lawful.
However EU nationals remaining in the Netherlands for four months or more are still required to register at the town hall so that their names are in the municipal records. Additionally, while these changes apply to EU countires , including Romania and Bulgaria, nationals of Croatia will still require advance authorization to legally work in the country.
Non-EU nationals may have the right to work in an EU country or to be treated equally but these rights depend on their status as family members of EU nationals and on their own nationality. Applications for family members with a non-EU citizenship have not changed and applicants will need to register with the IND. So-called ‘ third country national ‘ family members still need a registration certificate from a sponsor.

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