Working holiday exchange programmes (WHS / WHP)

The Netherlands has exchange programmes with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea. Are you a national of one of these countries? Are you at least 18 but under 31 years of age? Then you can apply for a residence permit that will allow you to live and work in the Netherlands for 1 year.

Working Holiday Programme and Working Holiday Scheme

The Working Holiday Programme (WHP) is for young people from Canada and South Korea. Young people from Australia and New Zealand can take part in the Working Holiday Scheme (WHS). Through these exchange programmes young people can get to know Dutch culture and society. They can also take Dutch lessons.

If you apply for a residence permit on the basis of an exchange and you meet all the conditions, you will be allowed to stay in the Netherlands for 1 year. You will also be allowed to work during that period. You will not need a separate work permit.

Exchange programme conditions and application

You can find out more about working holiday exchange programmes on the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). It lists the conditions you have to meet if you want to take part in such a programme. And how you can apply for a residence permit on the basis of an exchange.
 

Participating countries

You can get more information from the Dutch embassies in the participating countries: