Expat Survival Guide 2021 - The Netherlands

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A WARM AND PRACTICAL WELCOME The Expat Center Leiden (ECL) is the first place newcomers visit. You can visit the Expat Center to register with the municipalities and to apply for a citizen service number (BSN). In addition, you can receive extensive information from education to housing, and the tax system to healthcare.

“We offer services in the Leiden region for all stages of international life: coming to, settling in, living in and leaving. Depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa, a work permit, or a residence permit. You will also need to register with the Municipal Personal Records Database to obtain a BSN. The Expat Centre helps you arrange this smoothly so you can start your settling in fresh”, explains Corine van der Ceelen, manager of Expat Centre Leiden. On top of helping internationals themselves, the Expat Centre Leiden also consults with international companies and HR departments for tailor made solutions, necessary procedures, legal aspects, registration forms, and a number of other subjects. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

The Expat Centre Leiden (ECL) offers government services and provides a network for internationals living or working in the Leiden region. ECL carries out registrations for people living or working in Leiden, Katwijk, Leiderdorp, Oegstgeest, Voorschoten and Zoeterwoude. expatcentreleiden.nl




Having a community is an important part of feeling at home in a place. That’s why the ECL organises events where you can meet others, creating your new home-awayfrom-home. “We recognize that meeting other people can be difficult, which is why we organise Meet & Mingles, informal gatherings for internationals in the Leiden region.” Meet & Mingles take place on the first Thursday of every month from 18:00 to 20:00. The main focus is on creating connections over a drink, games, or quiz in a casual setting. The Meet & Mingle has a new theme and location every month. This way, you get to know parts of Leiden and the region you might not have been before. Additionally, ECL playfully insert facts, figures, customs and events of the region into the Meet & Mingle in varying ways. “We aim to create a community in the Leiden region, where everyone is welcome and which brings internationals one step closer to creating a new home”.

Expat Centre Leiden


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