International secondment

You are going to study or do a traineeship outside the Netherlands

If you are going to study or do a traineeship outside the Netherlands for a Netherlands-based employer, you will usually remain insured in the Netherlands for e.g. AOW old age pension, child benefit, unemployment or incapacity for work. With an A1/certificate of coverage, you can prove that you are covered under social insurance in the Netherlands. Your employer can apply to the SVB for this certificate.

When will you remain insured?

If you are going to study or do a traineeship outside the Netherlands, you will continue to be covered under the Dutch social insurance system if:

  • your employer continues to pay your wages
  • your employer pays social insurance contributions for you to the Dutch Tax Administration (Belastingdienst)
  • your study or traineeship takes place in an EU country or a country with which the Netherlands has a social security agreement 
  • you are a national of a country of the European Union (EU) or a country with which the Netherlands has a social security agreement, or you have a residence permit which allows you to work in the Netherlands. 

Traineeship outside the Netherlands for a Dutch educational institution

If you are going to do a traineeship outside the Netherlands as part of your studies at a Dutch educational institution, you will normally remain insured in the Netherlands as long as you do not have an employment contract. In that case, the educational institution will not need to apply for an A1/certificate of coverage. You can obtain more information from your educational institution.

Working outside the Netherlands

If you do a traineeship on the basis of an employment contract with an employer based outside the Netherlands, and you receive wages, you will no longer be covered under social insurance in the Netherlands. Instead, you will be covered for e.g. old age pension and unemployment benefit in the other country.