International secondment

How to apply for an A1/certificate of coverage

As an employee, you cannot apply for an A1/certificate of coverage yourself. Your employer can apply for the certificate for you online. Your employer will normally receive the certificate within a week. If you are going to work outside the Netherlands for more than 2 years, however, (or in some cases, more than 1 year), your employer will receive the certificate within 3 months. In that case, additional information will be needed to determine whether you can be seconded. The rules differ between countries.

If you are a director and major shareholder (DGA), or you work for your own private limited company (BV)

If you are a director and major shareholder (DGA), or you work for your own private limited company (BV), we will treat you as self-employed

If you need an A1/certificate of coverage urgently

If you cannot start working because you do not yet have an A1/certificate of coverage

In most countries, inspectorates will accept a copy of the application for an A1/certificate of coverage. If you are denied access to a work site or a client will not pay you because you do not yet have an A1/certificate of coverage, contact us by telephone. We will then see whether your application can be processed with priority.

If you will be working in Australia, Egypt, Macedonia or New Zealand

If you will be working in one of the above countries, your employer must apply for the A1/certificate of coverage within 3 months of your departure from the Netherlands.

Working in Belgium or Sweden temporarily

If you are going to work in Belgium temporarily, your employer must report this to the Belgian authorities before the employment starts, using the mandatory Limosa declaration. Your employer can do this via the Limosa website.

Since 1 July 2013, Sweden has had a similar notification system. (This only applies for postings of 5 days or longer).