Move to Netherlands

Survival Tips

Move to Netherlands is aware of the difficulties expatriates have to face once they arrive in the Netherlands. In order to facilitate and ease the relocation process, we would like to share our experience by providing the following hints and tips to make your life easier!

As soon as you arrive in the Netherlands there are several essential tasks to settle first. This is very important because the first few weeks are a delicate period which might affect the rest of your experience in the Netherlands. Therefore, a good start facilitates the whole integration process and defines whether the relocation will either be an exhilarating experience, or a plain terrifying one.

The following checklist is intended to ease your settlement process into the Netherlands:

Report to Immigration

Your first task is to register with the municipality within 5 days of arrival. If you need a residence permit make an appointment with the IND. Moreover, you need to get your burgerservicenummer (BSN) as soon as possible because it is required to settle other important tasks such as opening a bank account. The BSN is issued by the tax office; make an appointment asap! More»


Opening a bank account is vital to be able to receive your salary in cas you have a job, get a cell phone subscription, apply for telephone and internet connection and so on. Most of the local services require a Dutch bank account before they can help you futher. More»

Finding a home

In case you just arrived and staying in a short term lodging, it is essential to find a place where you feel comfortable as soon as possible. How to handle this? Our housing section will help you to find the answer.More»

Setting up home and get connected

This task might become particularly daunting if not handeled properly. Telephone and internet connections are essential to stay connected with your loved ones. The process to set up connections takes time on average 4 to 5 weeks if everything goes well. Check out the major suppliers and other useful sites. More»

Finding a school for your children

Where to start? Which school and what are the possibilities for your children? More»

Language learning

Learning the basics of the Dutch language will increase your overall quality of life in the Netherlands. The Dutch are great linguits and appreciate the fact that expats try to learn their language. More»

Job hunting

Have you got a job already or still looking for one? Which agencies can help you and what are the documents you need? More»


A Dutch health insurance is obligatory in case you need a residence permit. Do you know what to do in case of an emergency? More»

Getting around

How does the Dutch public transport works? What are the driving rules in the Netherlands? More»

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