I am an EU citizen intending to move to the Netherlands. I work remotely for an Australian company and I am currently resident in South Africa.
I am moving to the Netherlands with my non-EU spouse, for whom we need to apply for a residence permit. The IND states that the EU citizen "carries out real and actual work or has sufficient means to support you" with regards to the residence permit application.
It is not stated what is needed in terms of proof of employment.
I will have:
- A contract of employment
- Pay slips
- A letter from management starting that they support my move to the Netherlands
- South African bank statement indicating regular salary payments
I intend to open a bank account in the Netherlands to receive my salary, but this might not be open at the time of the residence permit application.
My question: what documentation is typically required by the Dutch government in the case where you work remotely for a foreign company to satisfy this requirement?
I received a reply from the IND regarding my question - it states that since I don’t work for a Dutch employer, I will be considered to be economically inactive in the Netherlands, and that I have to prove that I have sufficient means of existence for myself and my family members to not have to depend on public resources.
I find the term "economically inactive" a strange term, I would have thought that living in a country and paying income tax would mean that you are considered economically active.