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RELOCATION

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The Netherlands is a bureaucratic country and proud of it. Be prepared for paperwork, appointments, and organizing documents during your stay in the Netherlands: • Ensure documents are in order before approaching the BRP and IND. • BRP: the office where to register your details into Dutch system. • IND: the office that implements immigration policy and makes decisions on (combined) work/residence permits. • Check that your passport is valid for the period of your stay (and expires later than six months from date of registration). • Collect your marriage and birth certificates, and they must be translated into Dutch, English, French, or German (best to ask for a multi-lingual one).

• All documents must be ‘legalised’. Generally, with the addition of an Apostille – an extra stamp on certified foreign papers – which you obtain from the competent authority in your own country. See the Apostille section of www.hcch.net. Not all countries issue apostilles, which may cause the legalization process to be a little more complex. Since February 2019, apostilles from European Union states are no longer necessary! COMPULSORY REGISTRATION IN THE BRP APPLIES TO EVERYONE! • The Municipal Personal Records Database (Basis Registratie Personen in Dutch) holds details of everyone that lives in the Netherlands; registration is compulsory.

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The Expat Survival Guide assists your first essential steps: finding a home and job, organising permits, setting up finances and healthcare,...

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