The GVVA work permit is a work permit issued by the Dutch government to allow foreign nationals to work in the Netherlands. The permit is valid for a maximum of four years and allows the holder to work in any job in the Netherlands. The work permit is issued by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and is valid for the whole of the Netherlands.
The GVVA work permit is a so-called ‘single permit’. This means that it gives the holder the right to work and reside in the Netherlands. The holder does not need to apply for a separate residence permit or work permit.
However, due to the very strict rules to get this permit, it is only a viable option for a handful of job positions. In order to get this visa, the employer has to prove that he could not fulfil this position by conducting a continuous search for a period of no less than 3 months all over the European Union.
GVVA is only recommended for extremely scarce job positions, for example a nurse with a specific skill set or a technician that knows how to repair a rare kind of machinery.