March 11, 2021

The Netherlands Grants U.K. Nationals Broader Terms for Business Activities

Similar to an earlier alert released on U.K. nationals being granted certain business activity permissions without requiring a work permit in Belgium, the Dutch authorities will now permit visiting U.K. nationals to conduct business activities in line with the EU-UK Free Trade Agreement as well. This will include more activities than previously allowed and enable U.K. nationals to benefit from more flexibility than other non-EU national business visitors.

The expansion of permissible activities enables U.K. nationals to complete consultations with business associates, supply services as a translator or interpreter, and conduct business visits for establishment purposes, with senior-level employees setting up an enterprise. All these activities would have previously required a work permit. U.K. nationals can also receive training in techniques and work practices, whereas this is only permitted for non-EU nationals as a business activity if it is conducted at the intra-company level.

It also permits independent research by technical, scientific and statistical researchers, and research or analysis by market researchers and analysts which is normally restricted to sales or marketing activities.

Finally, U.K. nationals will also be permitted to receive orders, negotiate and conclude sales agreements of services or goods as a representative of a supplier (excluding direct sales, delivering goods or supplying services themselves) and engage in commercial transactions.

As a reminder, those U.K. national business visitors posted to the Netherlands from a company in another EU member state must also complete the required posted worker notifications.

For U.K. national business visitors planning to travel to The Netherlands, we recommend only engaging in permitted activities per Netherlands rules. Individuals should also be careful to respect the maximum stay period for business travelers of 90 days within 180-day period to ensure they remain compliant.

For further information on the requirements for U.K. nationals wishing to complete business or work activities in The Netherlands, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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