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I want to move to the Netherlands, where do I start?

Apr 12, 2023

I want to move to the Netherlands, where do I start?

The Netherlands is a popular destination for tourists and expats due to its picturesque canals, windmills, and tulip fields. However, beyond its charming aesthetic, the country boasts a high standard of living, an excellent healthcare system, and progressive social policies.

The Dutch welfare system supports citizens in times of need and contributes to the country consistently ranking high in global quality of life indexes. Additionally, the Dutch are known for their acceptance of diversity, creating a welcoming environment for people from all backgrounds.

Innovation and technology thrive in the Netherlands, particularly in the startup scene, and the country has a strong focus on sustainability and renewable energy. As a result, there are numerous job opportunities for those with skills in these areas.

Furthermore, the country’s geography and transportation infrastructure make it easy to explore the rest of Europe. With neighbouring countries, just a short train ride away, the Netherlands serves as an excellent base for discovering all Europe has to offer.

Overall, the Netherlands provides an exceptional quality of life, a diverse and accepting culture, excellent job prospects, and accessibility to the rest of Europe. These factors make it an ideal place to consider immigrating to.

If you are thinking of relocating to the Netherlands and you are not a citizen of the Netherlands or another EU country, then you will have to meet the eligibility criteria for a residence permit. Although there are various residence permits available, the Highly Skilled Migrant permit is typically the primary choice to explore. Unlike some other countries, the Netherlands doesn’t have a list of qualifying occupations for the HSM permit, and there’s no age limit to apply.

To obtain an HSM permit, you’ll need to meet two requirements:

  1. Your salary must be at least €3.672 gross per month (excluding 8% holiday allowance) if you are under 30, or €5.008 gross per month (excluding 8% holiday allowance) if you’re 30 or older. (Important to note that this is the current salary for 2023 – it is reviewed annually. You can consult this link for the latest salary requirements.
  2. The job must be offered by an IND-recognised sponsor company. You can find a list of recognised sponsors on the IND website.

It’s essential to note that the vacancy you apply for must meet both requirements: the salary should be sufficient, and the employer must be an IND-recognised sponsor company. To increase your chances of finding a suitable job, you can utilize Dutch job search websites such as LinkedIn, Monsterboard, Indeed, Nationale Vacaturebank, Expatica, Together Abroad and IAmExpat. Using LinkedIn is essential for increasing visibility to potential recruiters and employers. It also offers opportunities for networking, job research, and keeping up with industry trends. Once you find a relevant job opportunity, use the “Find” function in the PDF to search for the sponsor company’s name on the recognised sponsor list.

To qualify for the HSM permit, only one partner/spouse needs to meet the requirements, and the other partner/spouse can apply for a residence permit as a “family member of a HSM.”

Knowing how to market yourself effectively and update your CV according to Dutch standards can increase your chances of meeting HSM residence permit requirements. After you’ve secured a job, the employer will then typically apply for the permit on your behalf. Although we are not recruiters, we can provide information on these topics to assist you in your job search.

In summary, if you meet the salary and recognised sponsor company requirements, your employer can apply for the HSM residence permit on your behalf. With this permit, you’ll be able to relocate to the Netherlands and enjoy all the country has to offer.

What else can you do to prepare for immigration to the Netherlands?

  1. Research the country: Before you make a move, you should familiarize yourself with the country’s customs, language, and Dutch culture. The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, but most people speak English fluently. The Dutch are known for their directness, punctuality, and love of cycling. Take some time to learn about the country’s history, geography, and economy as well.
  2. Prepare your documents: These documents include birth certificates for all family members who plan to relocate, a marriage certificate if applicable, and an “unmarried status declaration” if the individual is applying as an unmarried partner. Additionally, it is crucial to have a valid passport for each family member. It is important to note that overseas documents may need to be translated and legalised to be recognized in the Netherlands. The process of legalisation involves verifying if your document was issued by the appropriate organization. A stamp or sticker is applied to the document to legalise it. Once the document is legalised, it can be used in the Netherlands. As legalisation can be a time-consuming process, it is advisable to commence it as early as possible to avoid any delays.

Moving to a new country can be a daunting experience, but with careful planning and preparation, your move to the Netherlands can be a smooth transition. From finding a place to live to learning the language, take the time to prepare and enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer. We can help and be there for you, too. Good luck!