So, I have this very nice offer in the Netherlands (Work permit included). I will be there next week to negotiate, but I really want to know if it possible to take my wife with me and if she will also be able to work there? I am from Latin America.

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    EU isn't quite the right scale, it depends on the country and on your exact status. In the Netherlands, your wife should at least be able to come with you relatively easily. If you get a Blue Card there, she would also have the right to work without restriction. If you don't, I think she would need a special authorisation called a tewerkstellingsvergunning (not 100% whether that's also the case if you are a kennismigrant). If your salary allows it, I would really advise going for the Blue Card status.
    – Gala
    Aug 23, 2016 at 15:56
  • Will totally check on the Blue Card thing, thanks!! :D
    – imTachu
    Aug 23, 2016 at 16:00
  • And of course if either you or your wife is an EU citizen by any chance, then things change drasticly
    – SztupY
    Aug 23, 2016 at 19:28
  • No, we are both from latin america, but the blue card thing sounds interesting. I guess I'll just have to wait until I get there, but now I can see a light :)
    – imTachu
    Aug 23, 2016 at 19:30
  • @Gala, wouldn't you like to post your comment as an answer so I can accept it?
    – imTachu
    Aug 23, 2016 at 19:31

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You can indeed bring your wife and children - and I know this for a fact because I have colleagues who have done that, based on their own work permit.

But you should also check out the official information on this matter at the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service website.

Essentially, your wife has to apply for a residence permit, which you will sponsor. She has to meet a list of conditions which she is very likely to meet (e.g. actually married to you, valid travel document, no threat to public safety etc.), in which case she will most probably get the permit.

Your wife is likely to be able to work - but this depends on your own work status and the IND suggests there may be some kind of restrictions.

  • Thank you so much for your guidance. I think we'll make it :D
    – imTachu
    Aug 24, 2016 at 12:39

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