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The Quest for a BSN Number

It is a rite of passage for newly arrived expats to undergo the mythical quest for a BSN Number… that is to say, obtaining your BSN (burgerservicenummer) which you need for employment and all other administrative functions in the Netherlands. Like most bureaucratic administration, it can be difficult, unnecessarily complicated and frustrating but we will attempt to put forward enough advice to help you get through this process as quickly and effortlessly as possible. If you plan to live and work in the Netherlands for more than four months, you must register at your local municipality (gemeente) within five days of arrival to receive your or BSN. This includes EU/EEA nationals as well as people in possession of a work permit.

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Opening a bank account

It would be ideal to have a Dutch bank account in order to deposit your first salary from your new job! The Netherlands is home to some of the world’s largest banks, ABN-AMRO, ING, Rabobank, and SNS, to name a few.  Some of these banks offer a full range of services in English, including app, translated manuals, and ATM’s all over the country.

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Relocating to the Netherlands

Relocating to a new country can be stressful and time-consuming, which is why the Abroad Experience team is determined to make your relocation as efficient and worry-free as possible. Below we have put together an essential relocation checklist to help you make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes to starting your new life.

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Residence permit

Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you do not need a residence permit to stay in the Netherlands if your stay is based on the EC Treaty. Your passport (or ID document) from the country of which you hold the nationality is evidence enough that you are permitted to stay in the Netherlands. You are not required to register with the IND.

Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland fall under the laws and regulations of the EU, EEA and the treaty between the EU and Switzerland. These regulations are different from Dutch national law.

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Work permit

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, you do not need a work permit to work legally in The Netherlands. Applicants who do not have the EU/EEA/Swiss nationality or are from Croatia will require a valid Dutch work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning, or TWV). 

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