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Steps for a succesful relocation to The Netherlands

Leaving your home country is a well-considered choice you need to make. But first, it is nice to know what to expect once you have decided to move to the Netherlands. Below you can read all about the procedure. Do you still have questions? Our experienced professional consultants will be happy to help you.


Sign your contract

1. Sign your contract

Congratulations! You did great during the interviews and got a new job in the Netherlands. We can imagine this is exciting and scary at the same time. But as with every job, we ask you to first sign the contract. This will be arranged online, so we can start your relocation process as soon as possible. With signing the contract, we also ask you to fill in some documents we need for our own administration, the screening of your new company and your relocation to the Netherlands.

Apply for your visa and work permit

2. Apply for your visa and work permit (only for non-Europeans)

Steps 2 and 3 are only necessary when you are from a non-European country. Otherwise, you can skip these steps.

The visa process is important and takes some time. Together, we will apply for a highly skilled migrant visa (HSMV). With this document, you will be allowed to live and work in the Netherlands. Once your visa has been approved, we will ask you to apply for an mvv, a regular provisional residence permit.

Collect mvv

3. Collect mvv (only for non-Europeans)

Once you meet all the conditions, you will get a short-term visa called mvv (machtiging voorlopig verblijf in Dutch). Within three months, you can collect this at the Dutch representation (or Dutch Embassy) in your country. In order to collect your mvv, you will need to make an appointment. Your passport must be valid for at least six months on the day you collect your mvv. Also, you have to give your biometric information upon collecting the mvv.

Find a place to live

4. Find a place to live

Finding a place to live that feels like home is one of the most important steps during your relocation. We know this can be hard to do from a different country. For this reason, we offer a relocation service. Together with our relocation partner, an experienced housing company, we will make sure you find a house that matches your needs.

Travel to The Netherlands

5. Travel to the Netherlands

Once the paperwork is finished and you have found a house, you are ready to come to the Netherlands! Now it is time to take the last step before actually relocating. Together we will discuss your date of arrival in the Netherlands, and arrange tickets for your chosen flight.

Register in your city

6. Register in your city

Once you arrive in the Netherlands, it is time for you to become an official member of your new city! To make this official, we will ask you to register yourself in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) at the City Hall in your city/town. Here you will receive your BSN. A BSN is a unique number for everyone who has dealings with the Dutch government, similar to a social security number. You are obligated to have this number in dealings with your municipality, hospitals, schools, your employer and/or benefits agencies. ​ ​In order to arrange this, we will make an appointment for you. All you have to do is find your way to the City Hall.

Pick up your residence permit

7. Pick up your residence permit

Yes, you already have a mvv and your visa has been approved. However, you are asked to pick up your physical residence permit card at the IND. With this card, you can identify yourself in the Netherlands and prove that you’re able to work here. We will book an appointment for you, so you can pick up your residence permit and start working as soon as possible.

Request 30% ruling

8. Request 30% ruling

The 30% reimbursement ruling (also known as the 30% facility) is a tax advantage for ​highly skilled migrants​, moving to the Netherlands for a specific employment role. When the conditions are met, we can grant a tax-free allowance equivalent to a maximum of 30% of the gross salary subject to Dutch payroll tax. To apply for this ruling, we need some personal documents. Make sure you already collect bank statements, payslips, rental contracts, and bills of utilities for at least 16 months, while you're still able to in your home country.

Get a DigiD

9. Get a DigiD

A DigiD, Digital Identification, is a form of online ID that allows you to access many services and government websites in the Netherlands. You need your DigiD to do your administration online in the Netherlands. This includes taxes​, applying for ​benefits and allowances​, checking your ​pension in the Netherlands​ and many other actions.

Open a bank account

10. Open a bank account

It is absolutely essential that you have a Dutch bank account. To open a standard bank account, you need to personally visit a branch, preferably near to the place you live or work. New mobile banks can be opened online. To open a Dutch account, you will need to bring the following documents with you to the bank in order to satisfy the usual know-your-customer procedures: ID/passport, BSN number, proof of address and proof of income (not always required).

TB Test

11. TB Test

In some cases, you will be required to do a tuberculosis test (TB test). Therefore, you have to make an appointment with the Area Health Authority (GGD). You can arrange this within 3 months from the moment you receive your residence permit.

Health care insurance

12. Health care insurance

Everyone in the Netherlands is obligated to have health insurance. You can arrange this within 4 months after you arrive. To apply for a health insurance, you need to bring the following documents with you: a copy of your passport, residence permit and your labor agreement (work contract). We can assist with selecting the right health care provider, based on your personal needs.

Congrats, your relocation is complete!

Congrats, your relocation is complete!

That wasn’t so hard, was it? Although all the necessary steps have been taken and completed, it might be possible that you have to arrange some matters that we did not mention. If this is the case, feel free to contact us at any time. For us, it’s most important that you enjoy your new city, your new job and the new culture.

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