For a brief description of all necessary action you must take after your arrival in Holland, you can download the brochure ‘New in the Netherlands'. This brochure can be found in various languages at


The rules and procedures that you will have to follow when applying for a visa depends on your particular situation. There are visas for short stays (less than 3 months) and special visas for people who intent to reside in the Netherlands for longer periods.

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The most current information about visas can be found on the website of the Dutch government.


The Immigration and Naturalisation Service IND (immigratie- en naturalisatie dienst) is the admissions organisation of the Netherlands. This implies that the IND will handle all applications and permits of individuals who want to reside in the Netherlands. The English language section of the IND’s website offers you a comprehensive and actual overview of all the rules and procedures.

Residence Permits

The rules and procedures that you will have to follow when applying for a residence permit depend on your particular situation. The IND implements immigration policy and makes decisions on residence permits.

Within Dutch immigration law, you can get a residence permit on many grounds. Each ground / purpose of stay has its own conditions. On the website of the Dutch government you will find the most applicable residence permits for workers.



The Dutch insurance system is probably different from what you are used to. Some insurances are obligatory, others are facultative.

Everything about health insurance, usually by specialised insurance companies, can be found on our Healthcare page.

Other insurers like large insurance companies and banks offer a wide range of insurance packages that can include a car, life, burial, accident, liability, rental, household and building, home-owner's and legal support insurances. For high-value items such as art, jewellery and antiques, you will need a separate "kostbaarheden" (valuables) insurance.

These combination packages can bring down costs and avoid the problems of figuring out what company or policy covers what damage in times of need. Be sure to shop around at different suppliers, as costs may differ. You can also ask your bank for information.

The Union of Dutch Insurers keeps a record of their members.

Municipal registration

All foreigners who need to be registered, including children, must go to the City Hall in person to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database of the municipal authority called BRP (Basisregistratie Personen). You can make an appointment with the Civil Affairs department in your municipality. Once you have registered you will be given a Declaration Certificate. Some companies in the i-WANt area have an agreement with The Expat Center Food Valley in Wageningen. They offer a one-stop-shop for expats and can arrange all formalities and immigration procedures for you.

Municipalities and Expat Center Food Valley

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Expat Center Food Valley

Other usefull links

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