I have just arrived in the Netherlands. What are the formalities I need to complete?
What is a BSN? Am I required to get one?
Do I need to legalise or translate my documents to register?
What is DigiD?
Will my driving licence be valid?
I am entitled to the '30% tax ruling'. Will my driving licence be valid?
What is a 'Certificate of Fitness' (VvG)? And when is it necessary?
Which insurances are most important in the Netherlands?
I am a student who has just arrived to the Netherlands. What are the formalities that have to be completed?
All new residents, including foreign student, who will be staying in the Netherlands longer than four months are required to register with the gemeente (municipality). The following documents are usually required when registering:
- Passport (or ID card for EU citizens)
- Proof of address (i.e. rental contract or permission from the main occupant)
- For students who need to apply for a residence permit it is necessary to present the receipt sent by the immigration authorities (IND) to the school. The school should provide you with this document
Some schools participate in the centralised registration days, meaning that international students will be able to register at the basisregistratie persoonsgegevens – BRP (municipal personal records database) at their school of higher education.
International students can also get the student card. Once you have applied for the card, you will be able to get special student discounts in particular shops or places to eat. Check out the website studentenkorting.nl (Dutch only).
Visit the ACCESS FAQ’s of Higher Education in the Netherlands for further details.