Dutch Immigration Part II
|It's not as ominous as it looks here...|
When I moved to the Netherlands, I was also moving in with my boyfriend so I was lucky enough to be able to skip the hunt for housing. If you intend to reside in the Netherlands, you must, like any Dutch resident, register with your city (gemeente). The guideline is to do this within 3 business days of moving.
To accomplish this I made sure to have my passport, birth certificate,
and the documentation of where I was residing (in my case, my documentation was my boyfriend and his declaration that it was okay for me to share his address). I went to the city offices (gemeentehuis) without needing an appointment. I spoke to the receptionist and she handed us a couple forms and gave us a number to wait. The forms were in Dutch so it helped to have a personal translator. I filled in my personal information while my boyfriend filled in the form stating I was moving to his residence.
We were called to an office in the back. The clerk wasn't very comfortable speaking in English, but she made every effort to be helpful and got help from other clerks or had my boyfriend translate for her. We handed her our forms, my passport, and the birth certificate. She made a copy of the passport and returned it. The forms and birth certificate were placed in the appropriate files to be processed.
After that I waited for a couple days until I received a copy of the file they made for me in the mail. At the top I found my BSN (Burgerservicenummer), which is your personal number you will need to do things like open a bank account, register your business, and for the IND application. A couple weeks later I got a notice that I could pick up my birth certificate from the city offices.
Next: KVK Registration
SUMMARY OF PAPERWORK FOR THIS STEP
- US Passport
- Birth Certificate and Apostille
- Documentation of Address
- I amsterdam: Instructions for registration in Amsterdam.