Introduction

On this page you will find information and relevant links about the Dutch labour market, skills and diploma recognition, rules and regulations concerning work, initiatives and more.

In the Netherlands you are allowed to work when you have a residence permit. This also means that you can apply for vocational training or higher education and have your educational qualifications or your previous work experience validated. The IcDW (Information Centre for International Credential Evaluation) is responsible for the recognition of skills and diplomas. If you are still in the asylum procedure, you may engage in volunteer work. You are allowed to start working during your asylum procedure, if your decision takes six months or longer.

About Skills2Work

The Skills2Work project aims to promote labour market integration of refugees* by promoting the early validation of formal and informal skills and competences. This is achieved by supporting the reception framework and capacities of relevant authorities, intermediaries and employers, and by enhancing access to information and services regarding the recognition of skills and qualifications of refugees. 

*For the sake of clarity and simplicity, the term "refugees"  is used on this website to refer to all beneficiaries of international protection (both Geneva Convention refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection).

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