Working Holiday Visa in Holland

About this visa

7 Simple Steps to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa in The Netherlands

This visa gives young travelers from Australia, Argentina, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea the great opportunity to work and travel in the Netherlands up to one year! Follow the steps below to apply for this working holiday visa.


EU countries are starting to reopen their borders to international travelers. However, before heading off to Europe be sure to double check with the country's Embassy or Consulate in your home country as the EU countries are not legally bound to follow this new EU recommendation.

Participating countries

Netherlands has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 5 participating countries:

If you are a Citizen of Netherlands and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above, contact the Embassy of the country in question for more information.

With this visa you can

This visa allows you to:

  • Live in Holland/The Netherlands up to one year
  • Work for an employer for max. 6 months
  • Re-enter the Netherlands within the visa period

Things to note

For South Koreans and Argentinians

Each nation has a maximum of 100 person of WHV per year.

Remember to register for Municipal Personal Records Database

Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you must register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP)  in the municipality you are going to live.

To register with the municipality you need a legalised and translated  birth certificate. Take this therefore with you when you travel to the Netherlands.

Please contact your municipality in advance to check which (legalised and translated) documents/ certificates you need to take with you.


  1. You are aged between 18 and 30 inclusive years at the time of application
  2. You are not accompanied by dependent children
  3. You have not previously had a residence permit for exchange in the Netherlands
  4. You have a valid passport
  5. You have a return travel ticket or sufficient funds with which to purchase such a ticket
  6. You have enough funds for your maintenance during the period of initial stay in The Netherlands
  7. You have a medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance to remain in force throughout your stay in the Netherlands

Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.

How to apply

  • Normal processing time: 90 days
  • Visa fee: 58 EUR
  1. Collect the required visa documents. You can find the checklist here
  2. Fill out and submit your visa application here


The immigration authority in Netherlands for processing Working Holiday visa's is Immigration and Naturalisation Service.

Go to: Immigration and Naturalisation Service

Additional resources

Here are additional links and resources related to the Working Holiday visa in Netherlands. All resources are in English unless otherwise stated.

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11 thoughts on “Working Holiday Visa in Holland”

  1. Hi. I’m Japanese and this year I’m going to Netherlands for working holiday.
    I wanna make a reservation IND to submit some documents ,but I can’t connect IND because of busy.

    Last year we sent documents by post,but this year we should make a reservation and take it to IND.
    but my Japanese friend said you can sent it is okay.
    Is it possible to sent it by post in order to submit.

  2. Hi, my name is Pilar, I am living in Argentina now and I am Argentinian. I want to apply to the Working Holiday Visa but I dont know where I can do it.

  3. Hi,

    Can the work be lined up before you arrive?

    As I found this:
    “The participating young person is not allowed to do work that is contrary to the main purpose of the WHP/WHS. Therefore, they are only allowed to incidentally work to financially support the holiday.”

    As one may have the desire to use work as their opening to experiencing the culture.

    What do you think!?

    Thanks in advance.

  4. I am Canadian. Do I have to apply for the working holiday visa from Canada or can I do it from Europe or the Netherlands?

  5. Hi there my name is Laura. I am an Australian and living in Australia.
    I am looking to get a WHV as soon as possible for netherlands and Ireland. My partner is currently living in holland working. I have funds to support myself but my partner will also support me whilst there. He is Irish but is an Australian citizen as well.
    Could you help me with the WHV please? What is required?

  6. My partner and I are looking at applying for this visa near the end of this year, but all other information from other sites say on the WHV you can only work for 12 weeks maximum at a single employer. Where did you find the 6 months maximum mentioned in this article?

  7. Dear sir
    I want apply for naderland visitor Visa. April 2021
    30 days
    Form Pakistan
    Work in Bahrain is a security guard. Jon 2010 /04/15

  8. Hello, I’ve applied for the working holiday visa scheme for the Netherlands. I’ve just submitted my application and wanted to know how long it takes to get the visa and if there is anyway to track your application?

    Also after I submitted the application I wasn’t prompted to make any payment? And the email I received confirming my application was submitted did not have a reference number. Would I have to do this after I come for the bio metric test in Colombo potentially? Just wanting to confirm.

    I’m an Australian Citizen living in Sri Lanka at the moment.

  9. Im 32 years old and I will be 33 in March 2020. Are there any chances of me to work in Netherland next year? if so, please provide me the information even just being an au pair

    1. Hi Pim,

      Unfortunately, you are too old in this case to be applying for either a working holiday visa and an au pair visa.
      Instead we recommend you to find a Dutch company who are willing to sponsor your stay in Holland.


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