Au pairing in the Netherlands
Special programmes

Citizens from Canada, Australia and New Zealand can benefit from special programmes to come and work in the Netherlands. Find out more about these exchange programmes here.



The Working Holiday Programme

The Working Holiday Programme (WHP) is an exchange programme that has been arranged between Canada and the Netherlands. It allows Canadian citizens to work during their stay in the Netherlands without having to apply for a working permit. The main purpose of their stay should be to learn more about Dutch society and culture. Candidates have to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands. The application costs 42 euros. If the application is accepted, a residence permit is granted for 12 months and cannot be extended. 

The Working Holiday Scheme

The Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) allows New Zealand and Australian citizens to work and reside in the Netherlands. They can work during their stay in the Netherlands without having to apply for a working permit as long as the main purpose of their stay is to learn more about Dutch society and culture. Candidates need to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands. The application costs 42 euros. If the application is accepted, they will be granted a residence permit for 12 months that cannot be extended.

It is not necessary to be a student to take part in the WHP or WHS.

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