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Living with COVID-19

Due to Covid-19, my contract has been cancelled and now I am unemployed. Am I eligible to claim [unemployment] benefits?

I’m leaving the Netherlands and I cannot visit the town hall in person. How do I de-register during the Covid-19 pandemic?

I received a letter to collect my updated residence card. I went to the office and it was closed. How can I collect the residence card during the Covid-19 pandemic?

I have recently moved to the Netherlands and I don't have a BSN number. Is it possible to have health insurance without a BSN number?

I am on a highly skilled migrant visa and due to the current Covid-19 situation, my contract has been terminated. What is the situation with my residence permit if I can’t find a job within 3 months?

Holders of highly skilled migrant residence permits need to leave the country if they do not find a job within three months of becoming unemployed and cannot reside in the country on another basis. The job search period starts on the day the employment contract was terminated, not on the last day of actual work.

Overstaying a residence permit means being in the country illegally, which could have consequences for any future request for residency.

Those who no longer have the right to stay but are unable to leave the country due to Covid-19 travel restrictions need to ask for an extension of their residence document. If that is not possible, the government announced that it will be less strict in controlling people staying longer than is allowed. They are, however, expected to try to go back to their countries. For help in returning home they should contact their embassy or consulate in the Netherlands.

For general background information, please check our FAQ section on legal matters concerning immigration:

access-nl.org/relocating-to-netherlands/legal-matters/immigration-to-netherlands/.

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