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Child benefits in the Netherlands

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How can I get kindersbijslag (child benefit) and how does it work?

The kinderbijslag (child benefit) is an allowance from the government towards the expenses of raising a child. You are eligible for this allowance if you live and/or work in the Netherlands (or abroad but employed by a Dutch employer) and you have a child or children under 18 years of age. There is no income or asset criteria. The procedure to claim child benefits as follows:

  • Following the registration of your child’s birth at your gemeente (tmunicipality), they will forward your data to the Social Security Office (Sociale Verzekeringbank – SVB)
  • Two to four weeks after that, the SVB will contact you to let you know that you should apply to the child benefit by mail or submit your application online using your DigiD, that is your digital identification code which gives you access to hundreds of Dutch Government websites
  • After you have claimed the child benefit, the SVB will send you its decision, stating the amount you will receive per child and the commencement date of your child benefit
  • The amount that you will receive is based upon the age of your child, number of children you have, any special needs, but does not take into account your family income
  • A payment is made on a quarterly basis directly into your bank account until your child reaches the age of 18. Please note than when your child is older than 16, you will only continue receiving the child benefit if he/she goes to school and receives an income of no more than an annually fixed amount

The child benefit is not exclusively for bringing up and caring of your own children; it also applies to adopted children, foster children, stepchildren or other children you bring up and care for as if they were your own. In this case, you must contact the SVB yourself to ask them to send you a claim form. It is the same procedure if you arrive in the Netherlands with children who were born abroad. You can find the forms and further information at: www.svb.nl/int/en/kinderbijslag.

As per January 2018, if your child lives outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland, the amount that you receive for child benefit may be adjusted to the price level in your child’s country of residence. Should the amount you are receiving be changed, you should receive a letter from the SVB informing you of the new amount.