Within the Dutch legislation there are different kind of rules for immigration, depending on factors like the goal and length of staying in the Netherlands.
Staying less than three months
When you stay in the Netherlands less than 90 days, you need a visa, depending on your nationality. On the website of Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst you'll find an overview with all nationalities that need a visa for a stay less then 90 days. This visa is also know as Visum Kort Verblijf or Schengevisum (visa type C). With this visa, a person can stay in the Netherlands 90 days or less within a period of 180 days.
Staying more than three months
When you are staying in the Netherlands for an uninterrupted period longer than three months, you probably need an authorization for temporary stay*, in Dutch: Machtiging voor Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV). By using this MVV, a person can apply for a residence permit. This application can be rejected when important evidence is missing, is drawn up incorrect, translated incorrect, or legislated incorrect.
*This is the case for all people coming from a country where an authorization for temporary stay is necessary.
For more information about your stay, longer or less than three months, you can consult the website of Immigration.
Several tips when preparing
- Make sure your passport is updated and at least valid for one year after arriving in the Netherlands.
- Make sure your driving license is updated and is also valid for at least one year after arriving in the Netherlands.
- Make sure your birth and marriage certificates are valid in the Netherlands because it might deviate in the Netherlands compared to country of origin.
- Collect the results and evaluation of your children, preferred in English, so schools in the Netherlands can immediately see the level and proceedings of the children.
- Apply for a place on a school for your children, there might be a waiting list.
- Ask the Tax Authority what kind of remuneration you can get for your children.
Several tips when arriving
- Register at the Town Hall in the city you will be living and apply for a Citizen Service Number. (BSN)
- Open a bank account. (You will need your Citizen Service Number)
- Register at the Tax Authority.
- Apply for insurances. (You will need your Citizen Service Number)
- Inspect you residence and sign the contract. For more information about renting a residence in the Netherlands, you can visit the website of Expats in Nederland.
- Make sure you will have access to gas water and light.
- Register at a general practitioner, dentist and pharmacy.