Relocation

We relocate the best people worldwide to the Netherlands. From visa application to relocation and assistance with settling in, we take care of it. Our service includes all relocation activities necessary to bring someone from outside Europe to the Netherlands and make sure they will have a soft landing.

This service includes:

  • Application for a work/residence permit via the Dutch highly skilled migrant procedure (kennismigrantenregeling). Family members included.
  • Arranging accommodation, including paying commission, deposit and 1 month rent for a fully furnished apartment at a maximum of 45 minutes one way from the workplace.
  • If the accommodation is not available on arrival, temporary accommodation will be arranged.
  • Transport from Schiphol Airport to home / hotel.
  • Coordination of all necessary registrations and appointments: collecting work/residence permit, citizen service number (BSN), municipal registration, opening a Dutch bank account.
  • Application for the 30% tax ruling.
  • Application for mandatory health insurance.
  • Advice and guidance throughout the relocation process.

A new job in the Netherlands also means getting used to new surroundings, the language and making contacts both at work and outside of it. Even if all the practical matters are taken care of, the transfer can be challenging.

Below is some important information to help you make a smooth transition to the Netherlands. Preparation is the first step to successful relocation.

Residence/work permit

The fastest way for a non-EU national to get a work permit in the Netherlands is via the highly skilled migrant (kennismigrant) procedure.

General conditions​

The following general conditions apply:

  • You have a valid passport or another valid travel document. A child may be included in the passport of one of the parents.
  • You have signed an antecedents certificate. The antecedents certificate can be found in the application form. In this certificate you provide information on your criminal record. You state, for example, that you have not committed any crimes. You also state that you have not submitted any incorrect information, nor have you stayed in the Netherlands illegally. The certificate does not need to be filled in by children under the age of 12.
  • After arriving in the Netherlands, you will undergo a medical test for tuberculosis (TB). You are exempt from having to undergo a TB test in the following situations:
    • You have the nationality of one of the countries listed in the appendix ‘Exemption from the obligation to undergo a tuberculosis (TB) test’
    • You have a valid residence permit in the Netherlands and you are applying for a different residence permit.
    • You were born in the Netherlands and have always lived in the Netherlands.
    • You have already undergone a TB test in the Netherlands less than 6 months ago.
    • You have an EU residence permit for long-term residents issued by another EU country or are a family member and were already admitted to another EU country as a family member of the long-term resident.

In addition, you and your employer must meet the following conditions:

The agreed wage is in accordance with market conditions.

 

Citizen service number (BSN)

Everyone living in the Netherlands must have a citizen service number, often referred to as a BSN (burgerservicenummer). Anyone born in the Netherlands will receive one automatically, but international newcomers need to apply for a BSN as soon as they arrive.

A BSN is required for a variety of administrative procedures in the Netherlands. You’ll need one in order to work, open a bank account, arrange health insurance, visit a doctor or hospital, or apply for benefits. If you leave the Netherlands and later return, you’ll keep the same citizen service number when you re-register with the municipality.

When you register with your local municipality (for a short or long stay) you’ll be assigned your BSN. For either procedure, you will need to make an appointment with the municipality (gemeente) in which you live.

Housing

Finding a place to stay in the Netherlands can be challenging. So make sure to address this point when you negotiate your relocation package.

The Netherlands offers a great variety of short stay options like Airbnb and Studenthotels. To give you an idea about prices and locations, check www.pararius.com. This is largest independent website for rental properties in the Netherlands.

 

30% tax ruling

Internationals who have been recruited from abroad for a position in the Netherlands may be eligible for the 30% tax ruling. Discover some of the practical matters about the 30% ruling and whether it applies to you.

What is the 30% ruling?

The 30% reimbursement ruling (also known as the 30% facility) is a tax rebate for non-Dutch workers moving to the Netherlands for a specific employment role. If the necessary conditions are met, the employer can grant a tax-free allowance to a maximum of 30% of the gross salary, subject to Dutch income tax. This reimbursement is intended as compensation for the expenses which international employees often face when moving to the Netherlands for work.

The most important factors which decide whether you are eligible for a tax rebate are:

  • The employee has to transfer or be recruited from abroad by a Dutch employer
  • The employer and employee have to agree in writing that the 30% ruling applies
  • The employee must meet a salary threshold (this is indexed annually).

How do I apply for the 30% ruling?

The employer is responsible for applying for the 30% ruling on behalf of the employee. This needs to be done directly with the Dutch Tax Office (Belastingdienst).

The application procedure should be started within 3 months after the first working day and takes a maximum of 3 months. Once the ruling has been approved, it is applied retroactively.

Health insurance

Everyone who lives or works in the Netherlands is legally obliged to take out standard health insurance to cover the cost of, for example, consulting a general practitioner, hospital treatment and prescription medication. The government decides on the coverage provided by the standard package. All insurers offer the same standard package. Healthcare insurers are obliged to accept anyone who applies for the standard insurance package and must charge all policyholders the same premium, regardless of their age or state of health. This ensures that every person is protected against the financial risks of illness and hospital admission.

You are free to choose from any health insurer (zorgverzekeraar) offering the basic package (basisverzekering). To register for health insurance, you will require a citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN). Please note: If you are not covered by Dutch health insurance, you risk being fined and billed retroactively for the months you were not insured.

The standard insurance package includes visits to your general practitioner, some medications, dental care until the age of 18, nutritional/dietary care, medical aids, mental health services and more. The package does not cover things like aspirin purchased over the counter, certain cosmetic surgery procedures and interventions for which no supplemental insurance has been chosen (e.g. a root canal treatment at the dentist).

Bank account

Once you start working here, you will need a Dutch bank account in order to receive your salary and to pay in shops (most shops do not accept credit cards and increasingly do not accept cash). Most banks offer attractive package deals for people with a higher education, providing discounts on their financial products (like insurances). Opening an account can be done online.
You will need the following documents:
* Dutch citizen service number (BSN)
* Employment contract
* Valid passport
* Rental agreement or a Dutch address where you are registered.

Finding a doctor

In the Netherlands, patients are free to choose their own doctor (huisarts). Many practices employ male and female doctors and allow you to specify any preferences when you make an appointment. It is recommended that you register with a doctor close to your home, so that you can get there quickly in case of an emergency.

Find doctors in your area using the website zorgkaartnederland.nl (fill in your postal code in the second text box and click zoek).

Although doctors in the Netherlands practice mainstream Western medicine, a growing number of doctors combine it with alternative treatment methods such as homoeopathy, acupuncture or anthroposophical therapy.

Visiting a doctor

You are welcome to set up an introductory meeting with a doctor before signing up with their practice. Bring any medical records with you, as this enables the doctor to assess your medical history and allows you to gauge the communication. This introductory meeting will normally be charged as a consultation. Most doctors in the Netherlands speak reasonably good English. Look for expat-friendly doctor practices in your area. 

When to contact the doctor

The doctor should be the first port of call for all medical problems with the exception of real emergencies. If suffering from flu, a sprained ankle, abdominal pain, psychological problems, chronic illness or even gynecological problems, contact the doctor first.

You can make an appointment over the phone, and in some cases by email. Most doctors have set surgery hours and some even give advice over the phone. If the problem is serious, the doctor may make a house call, but this is not normal practice.

Once a diagnosis is made, the doctor decides on the method of treatment. He or she can treat the problem themselves, sometimes with prescription drugs available from a chemist. Alternatively, the doctor may refer the patient to a specialist in a hospital. A referral is always necessary to see a specialist, except for physiotherapists and midwives.

Driving License

As an international resident in the Netherlands, you can use your own driving license for a certain period of time, after which you will be required to obtain a Dutch permit.

In most cases you will have to retake your test in order to obtain a Dutch license via the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR) (in Dutch only).

However, if you benefit from the 30% ruling (or you are from the EU, the EEA, Switzerland or are from a country with a special agreement), you can exchange your foreign driving license for a Dutch one without retaking the test.

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