Job on the side
From the age of 13 you are allowed a job alongside school. This is called a job on the side. You can, for instance, deliver newspapers. Child refugees are also allowed to have a job on the side, but there are extra rules. These rules are listed in the Foreign Nationals Employment Act and in the Working Hours Act. Below is a summary of the rules. You can have a job on the side if you:
- Have been living in an asylum seekers centre for more than six months.
- Have requested asylum for the first time more than six months ago.
- Have an employment permit. This is a piece of paper that states that you are allowed to work. The company you want to work for must request this permit for you.
Permission to workTo work, child refugees require an employment permit. With this the government gives the asylum seeker permission to work. The company you want to work for (for instance the supermarket or the newspaper) requests this permit for you. This is how:
- Your future boss surfs to this website
- There he clicks on ‘Asylum seekers (holders W-document)’
- A form then appears that your future boss has to print out and complete. The form includes questions like how much you will earn and what type of work you will be doing.
- Your future boss sends the completed form to the Employee Insurance Agency. The Employee Insurance Agency calls the COA to check if you have really been living in an asylum seekers centre for more than six months.
- If all information is correct, then the Employee Insurance Agency sends you future boss the employment permit and you can get to work.
- You may not work for more than 24 weeks a year