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Right to continue to work pending renewal GVVA (Single Permit)

6 April 2017 As of 5 April 2017 employees holding a GVVA (Single Permit for Residence and Work) are allowed to continue working pending the renewal application. This was prohibited.

To have this right:

-        The application has to be filed prior to expiry date of the current permit;

-        The employee has to do the same work for the same employer;

-        The employee must have a VA-sticker (Sticker Stay Notification) in his passport so that he can show that he is allowed to work pending the renewal.

A VA-sticker is issued at local IND Offices upon appointment.


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