If you move abroad, you can continue to receive benefit under the Work and Employment Support (Young Disabled Persons) Act (Wajong benefit) only in certain cases. If you go abroad for a short period of time, you can usually continue to receive Wajong benefit.
What is your situation?
If you move abroad, you can continue to receive Wajong benefit only in the following situations:
- You require medical treatment abroad.
You have found work outside the Netherlands where you can earn an income (please note: working has an impact on the amount of benefit you receive.
Your parents/caregivers must live outside the Netherlands and you are dependent on them for care.
Continuing to receive Wajong benefit abroad
Do any of these situations apply to you? Find out how to continue receiving Wajong benefit abroad.
You do not meet the conditions
If you do not meet the conditions, you cannot continue to receive Wajong benefit abroad. In that case you benefit will stop on the first day of the month following your departure. Consult the benefits organisation in the country you are moving to to find out whether there are other options available for you.
You must notify the UWV at least 2 weeks before your departure that you are going abroad. Do that by reporting a change.
If you are going abroad temporarily, for example on holiday, to study or for medical treatment, you can usually continue to receive your Wajong benefit while you are abroad. It does not matter what country you go to. However, additional obligations apply if you receive Wajong benefit and you stay abroad for a longer period of time (information in Dutch).
There is a difference between living and staying abroad (information in Dutch). Find out how the UWV regards the time you are abroad.
Are you going on holiday abroad? If you receive incapacity benefit from the UWV, you may spend no more than 20 consecutive working days on holiday abroad each year.
Notifying the UWV of your departure
You must notify the UWV that you are going abroad. Do that by reporting a change.
On the basis of the information you provide, the UWV may decide that the trip does not qualify as a temporary stay. You are then seen as moving abroad, in which case the rules above apply.
What you also need to arrange if you’re going to move abroad
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.