On the way to work

You want to use your knowledge and experience in the Netherlands. The UAF helps you find a job or work experience place in which you can be successful. Because applying for a job in the Netherlands is different than you are used to.

What can the UAF do for me?

Preparing for the Dutch labor market

To find a job or work experience placement, it is important that you present yourself well. In a conversation we will look at what exactly you need to find a suitable workplace in the Netherlands. For example, an extra language course, guidance in creating a good CV and a LinkedIn profile, or help with finding vacancies and working on your networking skills. We will give you tips and advice about this.

Together with you we look at your options and opportunities. We have contacts with many employers. You can use our network to continue building your future. We also share vacancies with you every week from employers in our network.

'The UAF is life and the future for me'

Career guidance

Have you started with a Dutch employer and do you have to get used to the Dutch work culture? Then we can support you with advice and practical tips. Together we look at what you need to be successful and relaxed in the workplace.

Eyad: 'I encourage everyone to go to work'


In Syria, Eyad (33) worked as an engineer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, among others. Once in the Netherlands it was difficult to find work. He came into contact with NS through the UAF. There he had the opportunity to gain work experience. He did this with great dedication and success, because he now works as a maintenance engineer at NS.

What are the registration conditions for support on the way to work?

You must at least meet these conditions: 

  • You have a Dutch residence permit based on asylum* or have had it. 
  • Your Dutch language level is B2 level. Don't you have this language level yet? Then read onwhat we can do for you. 
  • You have a previous education at least at bachelor's level.

* Without a residence permit, you cannot receive support from the UAF to start work immediately. 

What are the fees?

We will pay any travel expenses you may have for training and meetings, for example.

Sign up & advice

Do you have a question for us? Complete the contact form. We will then contact you as soon as possible.

Please note: complete the form in Dutch or English. 

Before we register you at the UAF, we will first contact you to discuss your request for help and how we can support you exactly.

Prefer to talk to someone on the phone? Please call: 030 – 252 08 35.