See Working in the Netherlands during your studies

Working as a freelancer or entrepreneur during your studies

  • Self-employed work by non-EU/EEA students and knowledge migrants is exempted from the TWV. You can be self-employed in addition to your studies, without needing a TWV work permit from UWV. However, you have to register with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.
  • Remember that as a non-EU/EEA student, you need to comply with the conditions for your residence permit.
  • It also entails registering at the Dutch Tax office (Belastingdienst) and the Dutch Tax office collects tax 4 times a year on every product or service sold in the Netherlands.
  • The work permit obligation does still apply to non-EU/EEA (and Croatian) students wanting to pick up a part-time job or internship alongside their studies. EU students have free access to the Dutch labour market.

Kamer van Koophandel (Dutch Chamber of Commerce)

Extending your residence permit