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Immigrate to the Netherlands

There are many different pathways towards living in the Netherlands. Learn about the various residence permits, application procedures and official matters to organise when you arrive. 

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Getting the right work permit

Moving to a new country requires many steps and decisions that have to be made. We are here to help you navigate the maze of residency permits, work permits and visas. There’s lots of help at hand, learn more about, the different visa options that are available and find out what matches your personal situation for work, to start a business or even for love when moving with your partner. 

Already in the Netherlands

If you’re already living in the Netherlands, you probably have a valid residency permit. But as you spend more time here, your lifestyle and work may change. Learn more about transitioning from study to work, organising residency for an international partner, or how personal changes, such as a new job, can impact your permit. 

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Recently graduated

Are you nearing the end of your studies in the Netherlands? Or perhaps you graduated from a Dutch institution or from a top 200 university abroad in the past three years? Good news! The ‘orientation year’ permit is a stepping stone to help you find your feet in the Netherlands. Learn more about starting a career here after graduation. 

Bringing a partner or family member

The Netherlands is well-equipped to help internationals move here accompanied by their partners or families. Get to know your rights, requirements and what it means for your partner’s career. Don’t worry, there’s lots of help at hand, as well as spouse support programmes to help settle into life here. 

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The Relocation App

Are you planning to start a new career and relocate to the Netherlands? The Dutch welcome centers created the Welcome to NL Relocation App which provides a useful overview with practical information. Have you thought about residence permits, registration, housing and healthcare? This app is your personalized guide to take care of your journey to the Netherlands.