Did you know that the Netherlands is ranked number one in having the most proficient English speakers in the world outside the Anglosphere? This makes it a perfect destination to settle as an expat. The country has a population of 17.5 million inhabitations from all over the world. As a matter of fact, the Dutch society is well-known for its multiculturalism. The phrase ‘The house of Orange’ might also ring a bell, referring to the Dutch royal line and our national color, orange! If you’ve ever watched a Dutch national sports team play, you might have heard the familiar tunes of the Dutch anthem: the Wilhelmus. Fun fact, the Wilhelmus is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest national anthem in the world.
All in all, the Netherlands is a great place to settle as an international. With the majority of people here speaking English, its mix of cultures and open mindsets, easy-going social events, and plenty of opportunities, feeling at home in a new community won’t be difficult. And Expat Management Group is here to assist in making sure that integration will be as smooth as possible
Please find an overview of all of our offered services below. With the way we work, our clients are free to choose which services they’d like assistance with.
Immigration in the Netherlands
Did you know that non-EU members who plan on staying and working in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days need to apply for a residence permit? The transferee’s nationality and the reason for the move (e.g. for family, studies, or work) will determine what type of application needs to be submitted. The Dutch immigration and naturalization service (the IND) has different types of applications, such as: Highly Skilled Migrants, intra-company transfers, and work experience as a trainee or apprentice.
When staying here for less than 90 days, and if the transferee has citizenship in a country that has a non-visa agreement with the Netherlands, they will not need a residence permit or short stay visa.
Relocation in the Netherlands
When moving to the Netherlands, it is important to realize that the housing market is moving at a very rapid pace. This means that there is usually no point in looking for a permanent place to live too far in advance, as homes that are currently being advertised online will be rented out by the time that the transferee arrives. That’s why we recommend temporary accommodation for the first few weeks of the stay, while we start the permanent home search shortly before arrival. This gives the transferee the opportunity to attend viewings in person as well.
When it comes to finding the right school, being informed is beneficial as well. Did you know there is a shortage of international schools in the Netherlands? This is why it is important to register on time if the transferee would like their child(ren) to attend an international school. We also offer assistance in finding the best school and class suited for the child, with option such as private international schools, local Dutch schools, Dutch schools for a bridging year to learn the local language, or a double stream school (which is a combination of a Dutch and international education).
Additionally, if the transferee receives a 30% ruling, they’ll be able to exchange their driver’s license for a Dutch one without having to take another driver’s test. We can assist with this complete process as well.
Are you considering relocating to the Netherlands, or do you have one or more employees moving here? We understand how much planning goes into such a large relocation, and we are here to help you every step of the way!