Migrating to The Netherlands, it is not a difficult process but there are obstacles you must jump before being able to call yourself a Dutch resident! Simply follow the following steps, and we will help guide you down your path to migrating to The Netherlands.
- Step 1: Find an employer!
- Step 2: Sign an employment contract
- Step 3: Get all your needed documents in order. Here you can find more information of visas and documents.
- Step 4: Get your MVV at the Dutch embassy. More information can be found on the linked article under step 3.
- Step 5: Find a place to live
- Step 6: Move to The Netherlands and register at your local municipality.
- Step 7: Get your residency permit..
- Step 8: Open your local bank account.
- Step 9: Get Dutch health insurance
- Step 10: Welcome to The Netherlands!
Find an Employer!
Finding an employer in The Netherlands is easy when you use YoungCapital! All you have to do is look through our English-speaking vacancies and see if anything interests you! If so, all you need to do is register for our YoungCapital NL website and apply for any job that you might be interested in!
Sign an Employment Contract
There are three types of employments contracts; permanent employment, temporary employment and independent contractors. A permanent employment contract offers a contract for an indefinite period of time. A temporary contract offers the employee a contract for a fixed-term or a temporary amount of time. Lastly, an independent contract is when you have a contract for your own business.
Get All Your Documents in Order
In order to work in The Netherlands as a person from a non-EU country, you must make sure you have all of your correct documents in order. Firstly, you have to find out what type of visa you need depending on which country you are from and what work you want to do! People who are from EU countries are able to stay in The Netherlands for as long as they wish and are not required to apply for a residence permit. However, those who are not from EU countries require a number of documents in order to have their work and residence permits.
Get Your MVV
If you are a non-EU citizen, and you want to stay in The Netherlands for more than 90 days, you might be required to apply for a residence permit. In most cases, you also may need to apply for a long-stay visa before you arrive in The Netherlands. This visa is also known as authorisation for temporary stay (MVV).
Find a Place to Live
Finding housing in The Netherlands is something that people who moves to The Netherlands often struggle with. Finding housing is a tedious and annoying process that takes a lot of time and patience. If you are only looking to find a room to rent, Facebook might be your best shot. Simply search up housing in The Netherlands and try to join some relevant groups. Remember, always be careful with scammers. The best advice we can give you is to never give anyone any money until you are standing in the flat with the keys in your hands! If you are looking for a flat, the best place to look is on Funda.nl and Pararius. These two are websites that help you find flats in The Netherlands, and both are very helpful and easy to use!
Move to The Netherlands and Get Registered
If you are moving to The Netherlands from another country, you are obligated to register as a resident. To register as a resident, you first have to find a place to live that accepts registration. Once you have done that and once you have a contract, you can make an appointment at the Dutch municipality in order to get your BSN. Once you have your BSN you are able to work, open a Dutch bank account, create a Dutch phone number and many more things.
As previously mentioned, a EU citizen does not need a residence permit in order to live in The Netherlands. However, if you are a non-EU citizen, you are obligated to have a residency permit. In order to apply for a residence permit, you must meet the following obligations:
- Your passport and/or ID must be valid for the duration of your stay
- You must have the financial means to stay
- You must have health insurance.
- You must not be a risk to public order, national peace or national security
- You must be able to show proof of the purpose of your stay
- You might have to have a tuberculosis test in order to enter*
*Note: Those exempt from the tuberculosis test are EU/EEA nationals, people with a valid residence permit from anywhere within an EU/EEA country or Switzerland.
Open a Dutch Bank Account
Opening a Dutch bank account is very simple. As previously mentioned, in order to have a Dutch bank account, you must have a BSN number. There are many banks in the Netherlands, however, for an expat, there are certain banks that are better suited than others due to the following conditions:
- Fully accessible in English, both at physical branches and on mobile banking apps
- There is a Maestro option as credit cards are not widely accepted in The Netherlands
The best banks for an expat to sign up to are:
Dutch Health Insurance
If you want to work in The Netherlands and you are from a country outside the EU, then you are obligated to have health insurance.. Before you move anywhere abroad, you should make sure to apply for your expat health insurance in order to be covered for almost anything you need when it comes to your own health!
And Finally… Welcome to The Netherlands!
Welcome to The Netherlands! After you have this tedious and annoying moving process sorted, make sure to walk around the cities, sit by the canals or even take a walk on various beaches. Make sure to rent a bike and check out some amazing museums throughout The Netherlands!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a Schengen visa take?
How do you open a Dutch bank account?
Is Dutch health insurance mandatory in The Netherlands?
The Schengen visa processing time is around two weeks. Of course, depending on your case, it could take longer to process.
To open a Dutch bank account, first you need to register and recieve a BSN number.
Yes. By law everyone needs to have health insurance. You can only change health insurance providers once a year, normally at the end of the year.