Work for refugees from Ukraine
Do you want to work in the Netherlands? Or do you want to hire a Ukrainian refugee? Read what you need to do. And which rules apply.
If you want to work in the Netherlands, you must first register at the municipality where you are (temporarily) living. In The Hague you register by making an appointment in City Hall (Spui 70, The Hague). Read more on the page .
After you register, your information will be added to the Personal Records Database (BRP). And you will get your citizen service number (BSN). You will need this number to be able to work. From 1 April 2022 you no longer need a work permit.
Information for refugees
Refugees from Ukraine are allowed to work in paid employment. This applies to refugees who are lawfully staying in the Netherlands under the . This exemption applies from 1 April 2022, with retroactive effect to 4 March 2022. The exemption therefore also applies to employees who started working between 4 March and 1 April. This means that employers no longer need to apply for a work permit to be able to hire a Ukrainian job applicant.
Employers need to report this to the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV).
The Labour Inspectorate will check whether companies are following the rules. Are you getting paid too little or do you have to perform dangerous work? Then you can call the Labour Inspectorate. The telephone number is 0800 51 51 (free).
You are allowed to do voluntary work if you are covered by the EU Temporary Protection Directive. You do not need a work permit. The organisation where you are working must apply for a volunteer declaration at the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). Read more information for (Werk.nl).
You are also allowed to do an internship. If you do an internship and you are paid at least the minimum wage, you must arrange basic health coverage.
If you start doing paid work, you will no longer have the right to a living allowance. You should let the municipality know that you are going to do paid work. You can do this by calling the Ukraine telephone line on (070) 353 80 24.
The living allowance will stop as of the 1st day of the following month. Other family members and children who are living with you will still receive the living allowance.
If you do not report a change in your situation to the municipality, you will be receiving the living allowance illegally. This can result in you having to refund the extra living allowance you received.
You have to pay the costs for (public) transportation yourself. Sometimes your employer can pay back the travel expenses. Speak to your employer about this. Most employers reimburse travel expenses on the basis of an expense claim or the maximum tax-free allowance.
Information for employers
From 1 April 2022 you are required to make a report to the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) at least 2 working days before the employment relationship begins. An application for a work permit submitted before 1 April 2022 will be considered a report.
There will be a transition period until 15 April 2022. Until this date you can make a report to the UWV about the employment relationship with a refugee as of 4 March 2022. The condition that the report must be made at least 2 working days in advance does not apply here.
If you do not make a report, you could get a fine.
The UWV will check whether the details in the report are complete and will register them. The details are available to the Dutch Labour Inspectorate, which checks whether employers are complying with labour laws.