Checklist

This checklist will provide you with all the information you need before and after your arrival in the Netherlands. Please answer a few questions to get started.

Before arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

After arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

Before arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

After arrival

BRP Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (in Dutch: BRP) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment in Rotterdam can be made via: 14010. In The Hague you can make an appointment by sending an email to expatservice@denhaag.nl

Citizen Service Number

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.

Before arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

After arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

Before arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

After arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

Before arrival

Schengen Visa

Since your stay in the Netherlands will be shorter than three months, you must apply for a Short-stay Visa (Schengen visa) from the Dutch embassy or consulate in your home country or the country where you legally reside. A Schengen visa (also called a short stay visa or C-visa) is a travel visa issued for a stay of 90 days maximum. A Schengen visa is always issued for a specific purpose. For you this purpose is: ’employment’.

After arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

Before arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

After arrival

VVR (Residence Permit)

A residence permit (VVR) is required for stays of longer than three months. A residence permit entitles the holder to travel within the Schengen area freely. This application too is submitted via your HR department. Within a few days of arriving in the Netherlands you will receive an invitation to pick up the VVR from one of the local IND desks. In Rotterdam as well as in The Hague this desk is located at the city hall.

Tuberculosis test

Depending on your nationality you might have to take a tuberculosis test upon your arrival in the Netherlands, in order to obtain a residence permit. People from EU and EER countries, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Qatar, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Syria, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Yemen are exempt from this requirement. Tuberculosis tests can only be done by the Municipal Health Service (GGD). The tuberculosis test is free of charge. Via (010) 433 9933 you can make an appointment with GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond. Are you going to live in The Hague, you can contact GGD Haaglanden via (070) 3537169 to make an appointment.

BRP Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment in Rotterdam can be made via: 14010. In The Hague you can make an appointment by sending an email to expatservice@denhaag.nl

Citizen Service Number

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.

Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague

If you plan to reside in or near Rotterdam/The Hague your application for an entry visa (MVV) and Residence Permit (VVR) runs via the Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague (please ask your HR department), then two preliminary steps are combined: VVR application and Municipal Personal Records (Basis Registratie Personen [BRP]) registration. Your HR department will schedule an appointment for you via Expat Desk, to (in the following sequence):

  • register in the BRP (see above regarding the documents that you need to bring with you)
  • visit the regional IND desk, to receive your residence permit, or to submit a passport photo and a Passport Photo Form in order to generate your residence permit.

Health Insurance

In order to obtain a VVR you must purchase health insurance. You can also satisfy this condition afterwards.

Before arrival

MVV (Entry Visa)

Since your stay will be longer than three months, you will need an entry visa (MVV) to be able to enter the Netherlands.

Purpose of stay

An MVV is always issued for a specific purpose. For you this purpose is: ‘employment’. The Highly Skilled Migrant scheme or EC Directive 2005/71 is applicable. Consequently the applications for both the visa (MVV) and residence permit (VVR) are submitted via your HR department.
You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date). Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of issue of the entry visa/MVV.
  • evidence that you have adequate financial means (periodic payments that finance your stay in the Netherlands, for example, evidence of sponsor funds, scholarship or salary)
  • copy of the degree which entitles you to participate in the PhD programme, including a translation of this document into Dutch, English, French or German (only necessary for the EC directive 2005/71).

MVV Decision

It takes about two to four weeks before a decision is made regarding the application. The MVV must be collected at a Dutch embassy or consulate in the country of origin or country where you legally reside (= the country where you have a residence permit in the period prior to your stay in the Netherlands).

After arrival

VVR (Residence Permit)

A residence permit (VVR) is required for stays of longer than three months. A residence permit entitles the holder to travel within the Schengen area freely. This application too is submitted via your HR department. Within a few days of arriving in the Netherlands you will receive an invitation to pick up the VVR from one of the local IND desks. In Rotterdam as well as in The Hague this desk is located at the city hall.

Tuberculosis test

Depending on your nationality you might have to take a tuberculosis test upon your arrival in the Netherlands, in order to obtain a residence permit. People from EU and EER countries, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Qatar, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Syria, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Yemen are exempt from this requirement. Tuberculosis tests can only be done by the Municipal Health Service (GGD). The tuberculosis test is free of charge. Via (010) 433 9933 you can make an appointment with GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond. Are you going to live in The Hague, you can contact GGD Haaglanden via (070) 3537169 to make an appointment.

BRP Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment in Rotterdam can be made via: 14010. In The Hague you can make an appointment by sending an email to expatservice@denhaag.nl

Citizen Service Number

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.

Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague

If you plan to reside in or near Rotterdam/The Hague your application for an entry visa (MVV) and Residence Permit (VVR) runs via the Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague (please ask your HR department), then two preliminary steps are combined: VVR application and Municipal Personal Records (Basis Registratie Personen [BRP]) registration. Your HR department will schedule an appointment for you via Expat Desk, to (in the following sequence):

  • register in the BRP (see above regarding the documents that you need to bring with you)
  • visit the regional IND desk, to receive your residence permit, or to submit a passport photo and a Passport Photo Form in order to generate your residence permit.

Health Insurance

In order to obtain a VVR you must purchase health insurance. You can also satisfy this condition afterwards.

Before arrival

MVV (Entry Visa)

Since your stay will be longer than three months, you will need an entry visa (MVV) to be able to enter the Netherlands.

Purpose of stay

An MVV is always issued for a specific purpose. For you this purpose is: ‘employment’. The Highly Skilled Migrant scheme or EC Directive 2005/71 is applicable. Consequently the applications for both the visa (MVV) and residence permit (VVR) are submitted via your HR department.
You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date). Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of issue of the entry visa/MVV.
  • evidence that you have adequate financial means (periodic payments that finance your stay in the Netherlands, for example, evidence of sponsor funds, scholarship or salary)
  • copy of the degree which entitles you to participate in the PhD programme, including a translation of this document into Dutch, English, French or German (only necessary for the EC directive 2005/71).

MVV Decision

It takes about two to four weeks before a decision is made regarding the application. The MVV must be collected at a Dutch embassy or consulate in the country of origin or country where you legally reside (= the country where you have a residence permit in the period prior to your stay in the Netherlands).

After arrival

VVR (Residence Permit)

A residence permit (VVR) is required for stays of longer than three months. A residence permit entitles the holder to travel within the Schengen area freely. This application too is submitted via your HR department. Within a few days of arriving in the Netherlands you will receive an invitation to pick up the VVR from one of the local IND desks. In Rotterdam as well as in The Hague this desk is located at the city hall.

Tuberculosis test

Depending on your nationality you might have to take a tuberculosis test upon your arrival in the Netherlands, in order to obtain a residence permit. People from EU and EER countries, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Qatar, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Syria, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Yemen are exempt from this requirement. Tuberculosis tests can only be done by the Municipal Health Service (GGD). The tuberculosis test is free of charge. Via (010) 433 9933 you can make an appointment with GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond. Are you going to live in The Hague, you can contact GGD Haaglanden via (070) 3537169 to make an appointment.

BRP Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment in Rotterdam can be made via: 14010. In The Hague you can make an appointment by sending an email to expatservice@denhaag.nl

Citizen Service Number

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.

Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague

If you plan to reside in or near Rotterdam/The Hague your application for an entry visa (MVV) and Residence Permit (VVR) runs via the Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague (please ask your HR department), then two preliminary steps are combined: VVR application and Municipal Personal Records (Basis Registratie Personen [BRP]) registration. Your HR department will schedule an appointment for you via Expat Desk, to (in the following sequence):

  • register in the BRP (see above regarding the documents that you need to bring with you)
  • visit the regional IND desk, to receive your residence permit, or to submit a passport photo and a Passport Photo Form in order to generate your residence permit.

Health Insurance

In order to obtain a VVR you must purchase health insurance. You can also satisfy this condition afterwards.

Before arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

After arrival

VVR (Residence Permit)

A residence permit (VVR) is required for stays of longer than three months. A residence permit entitles the holder to travel within the Schengen area freely. This application too is submitted via your HR department. Within a few days of arriving in the Netherlands you will receive an invitation to pick up the VVR from one of the local IND desks. In Rotterdam this desk is located at the city hall.

Tuberculosis test

Depending on your nationality you might have to take a tuberculosis test upon your arrival in the Netherlands, in order to obtain a residence permit. People from EU and EER countries, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Surinam and the United States are exempt from this requirement. Tuberculosis tests can only be done by the Municipal Health Service (GGD). The tuberculosis test is free of charge and appointments in advance are not necessary.

BRP Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment in Rotterdam can be made via: 14010. In The Hague you can make an appointment by sending an email to expatservice@denhaag.nl

Citizen Service Number

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.

Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague

If you plan to reside in or near Rotterdam/The Hague your application for an entry visa (MVV) and Residence Permit (VVR) runs via the Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague (please ask your HR department), then two preliminary steps are combined: VVR application and Municipal Personal Records (Basis Registratie Personen [BRP]) registration. Your HR department will schedule an appointment for you via Expat Desk, to (in the following sequence):

  • register in the BRP (see above regarding the documents that you need to bring with you)
  • visit the regional IND desk, to receive your residence permit, or to submit a passport photo and a Passport Photo Form in order to generate your residence permit.

Health Insurance

In order to obtain a VVR you must purchase health insurance. You can also satisfy this condition afterwards.

Before arrival

MVV (Entry Visa)

Since your stay will be longer than three months, you will need an entry visa (MVV) to be able to enter the Netherlands.

Purpose of stay

An MVV is always issued for a specific purpose. For you this purpose is: ‘employment’. The Highly Skilled Migrant scheme or EC Directive 2005/71 is applicable. Consequently the applications for both the visa (MVV) and residence permit (VVR) are submitted via your HR department.
You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date). Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of issue of the entry visa/MVV.
  • evidence that you have adequate financial means (periodic payments that finance your stay in the Netherlands, for example, evidence of sponsor funds, scholarship or salary)
  • copy of the degree which entitles you to participate in the PhD programme, including a translation of this document into Dutch, English, French or German (only necessary for the EC directive 2005/71).

MVV Decision

It takes about two to four weeks before a decision is made regarding the application. The MVV must be collected at a Dutch embassy or consulate in the country of origin or country where you legally reside (= the country where you have a residence permit in the period prior to your stay in the Netherlands).

After arrival

VVR (Residence Permit)

A residence permit (VVR) is required for stays of longer than three months. A residence permit entitles the holder to travel within the Schengen area freely. This application too is submitted via your HR department. Within a few days of arriving in the Netherlands you will receive an invitation to pick up the VVR from one of the local IND desks. In Rotterdam this desk is located at the city hall.

Tuberculosis test

Depending on your nationality you might have to take a tuberculosis test upon your arrival in the Netherlands, in order to obtain a residence permit. People from EU and EER countries, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Surinam and the United States are exempt from this requirement. Tuberculosis tests can only be done by the Municipal Health Service (GGD). The tuberculosis test is free of charge and appointments in advance are not necessary.

BRP Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment in Rotterdam can be made via: 14010. In The Hague you can make an appointment by sending an email to expatservice@denhaag.nl

Citizen Service Number

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.

Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague

If you plan to reside in or near Rotterdam/The Hague your application for an entry visa (MVV) and Residence Permit (VVR) runs via the Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague (please ask your HR department), then two preliminary steps are combined: VVR application and Municipal Personal Records (Basis Registratie Personen [BRP]) registration. Your HR department will schedule an appointment for you via Expat Desk, to (in the following sequence):

  • register in the BRP (see above regarding the documents that you need to bring with you)
  • visit the regional IND desk, to receive your residence permit, or to submit a passport photo and a Passport Photo Form in order to generate your residence permit.

Health Insurance

In order to obtain a VVR you must purchase health insurance. You can also satisfy this condition afterwards.

Before arrival

MVV (Entry Visa)

Since your stay will be longer than three months, you will need an entry visa (MVV) to be able to enter the Netherlands.

Purpose of stay

An MVV is always issued for a specific purpose. For you this purpose is: ‘employment’. The Highly Skilled Migrant scheme or EC Directive 2005/71 is applicable. Consequently the applications for both the visa (MVV) and residence permit (VVR) are submitted via your HR department.
You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date). Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of issue of the entry visa/MVV.
  • evidence that you have adequate financial means (periodic payments that finance your stay in the Netherlands, for example, evidence of sponsor funds, scholarship or salary)
  • copy of the degree which entitles you to participate in the PhD programme, including a translation of this document into Dutch, English, French or German (only necessary for the EC directive 2005/71).

MVV Decision

It takes about two to four weeks before a decision is made regarding the application. The MVV must be collected at a Dutch embassy or consulate in the country of origin or country where you legally reside (= the country where you have a residence permit in the period prior to your stay in the Netherlands).

After arrival

VVR (Residence Permit)

A residence permit (VVR) is required for stays of longer than three months. A residence permit entitles the holder to travel within the Schengen area freely. This application too is submitted via your HR department. Within a few days of arriving in the Netherlands you will receive an invitation to pick up the VVR from one of the local IND desks. In Rotterdam this desk is located at the city hall.

Tuberculosis test

Depending on your nationality you might have to take a tuberculosis test upon your arrival in the Netherlands, in order to obtain a residence permit. People from EU and EER countries, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Surinam and the United States are exempt from this requirement. Tuberculosis tests can only be done by the Municipal Health Service (GGD). The tuberculosis test is free of charge and appointments in advance are not necessary.

BRP Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment in Rotterdam can be made via: 14010. In The Hague you can make an appointment by sending an email to expatservice@denhaag.nl

Citizen Service Number

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.

Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague

If you plan to reside in or near Rotterdam/The Hague your application for an entry visa (MVV) and Residence Permit (VVR) runs via the Expat Desk Rotterdam/The Hague (please ask your HR department), then two preliminary steps are combined: VVR application and Municipal Personal Records (Basis Registratie Personen [BRP]) registration. Your HR department will schedule an appointment for you via Expat Desk, to (in the following sequence):

  • register in the BRP (see above regarding the documents that you need to bring with you)
  • visit the regional IND desk, to receive your residence permit, or to submit a passport photo and a Passport Photo Form in order to generate your residence permit.

Health Insurance

In order to obtain a VVR you must purchase health insurance. You can also satisfy this condition afterwards.

Before arrival

TWV

A TWV is a permit that a Dutch employer must have in order to employ foreign nationals. Your HR department applies for the TWV. The application process takes about two months.
You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • Copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date)
  • Copy of diplomas and references, certified and translated into Dutch or English
  • Documentary evidence (application for) an entry visa or VVR

After arrival

VVR (Residence Permit)

A residence permit (VVR) is required for stays of longer than three months. A residence permit entitles the holder to travel within the Schengen area freely. This application too is submitted via your HR department. Within a few days of arriving in the Netherlands you will receive an invitation to pick up the VVR from one of the local IND desks. In Rotterdam as well as in The Hague this desk is located at the city hall.

Tuberculosis test

Depending on your nationality you might have to take a tuberculosis test upon your arrival in the Netherlands, in order to obtain a residence permit. People from EU and EER countries, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Qatar, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Syria, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Yemen are exempt from this requirement. Tuberculosis tests can only be done by the Municipal Health Service (GGD). The tuberculosis test is free of charge. Via (010) 433 9933 you can make an appointment with GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond. Are you going to live in The Hague, you can contact GGD Haaglanden via (070) 3537169 to make an appointment.

Health Insurance

In order to obtain a first VVR you must purchase health insurance. You can also satisfy this condition afterwards.

BPR Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (in Dutch: BPR) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of legal residence (the application for the VVR suffices as evidence of this)
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment in Rotterdam can be made via: 14010

Citizen Service Number (BSN)

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.

Before arrival

TWV

A TWV is a permit that a Dutch employer must have in order to employ foreign nationals. Your HR department applies for the TWV. The application process takes about two months.
You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • Copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date)
  • Copy of diplomas and references, certified and translated into Dutch or English
  • Documentary evidence (application for) an entry visa or VVR

MVV (Entry Visa)

Since your stay will be longer than three months, you need an entry visa (MVV) to be able to enter the Netherlands.

Purpose of stay

An MVV is always issued for a specific purpose. For you this purpose is: ‘employment’. The applications for both the visa (MVV) and residence permit (VVR) are submitted via your HR department.
You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date). Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of issue of the entry visa/MVV.
  • evidence that you have adequate financial means (periodic payments that finance your stay in the Netherlands, for example, evidence of sponsor funds, scholarship or salary)
  • copy of the degree which entitles you to participate in the PhD programme, including a translation of this document into Dutch, English, French or German (only necessary for the EC directive 2005/71).

MVV Decision

It takes about two to four weeks before a decision is made regarding the application. The MVV must be collected at a Dutch embassy or consulate in the country of origin or country where you legally reside (= the country where you have a residence permit in the period prior to your stay in the Netherlands).

After arrival

VVR (Residence Permit)

A residence permit (VVR) is required for stays of longer than three months. A residence permit entitles the holder to travel within the Schengen area freely. This application too is submitted via your HR department. Within a few days of arriving in the Netherlands you will receive an invitation to pick up the VVR from one of the local IND desks. In Rotterdam this desk is located at the city hall.

Tuberculosis test

Depending on your nationality you might have to take a tuberculosis test upon your arrival in the Netherlands, in order to obtain a residence permit. People from EU and EER countries, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Surinam and the United States are exempt from this requirement. Tuberculosis tests can only be done by the Municipal Health Service (GGD). The tuberculosis test is free of charge and appointments in advance are not necessary.

Health Insurance

In order to obtain a first VVR you must purchase health insurance. You can also satisfy this condition afterwards.

BRP Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (in Dutch: BRP) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of legal residence (the application for the VVR suffices as evidence of this)
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment can in Rotterdam be made via: 14010. In The Hague you can make an appointment by sending an email to expatservice@denhaag.nl

Citizen Service Number (BSN)

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.

Before arrival

TWV

If you are a national of Croatia you must have a work permit (TWV), unless you have already worked legally in the Netherlands for one year.
A TWV is a permit that a Dutch employer must have in order to employ foreign nationals. Your HR department applies for the TWV. The application process takes about two months.
You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • Copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date)
  • Copy of diplomas and references, certified and translated into Dutch or English
  • Documentary evidence (application for) an entry visa or VVR

MVV (Entry Visa)

Since your stay will be longer than three months, you need an entry visa (MVV) to be able to enter the Netherlands.

Purpose of stay

An MVV is always issued for a specific purpose. For you this purpose is: ‘employment’. The applications for both the visa (MVV) and residence permit (VVR) are submitted via your HR department.
You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date). Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of issue of the entry visa/MVV.
  • evidence that you have adequate financial means (periodic payments that finance your stay in the Netherlands, for example, evidence of sponsor funds, scholarship or salary)
  • copy of the degree which entitles you to participate in the PhD programme, including a translation of this document into Dutch, English, French or German (only necessary for the EC directive 2005/71).

MVV Decision

It takes about two to four weeks before a decision is made regarding the application. The MVV must be collected at a Dutch embassy or consulate in the country of origin or country where you legally reside (= the country where you have a residence permit in the period prior to your stay in the Netherlands).

After arrival

VVR (Residence Permit)

A residence permit (VVR) is required for stays of longer than three months. A residence permit entitles the holder to travel within the Schengen area freely. This application too is submitted via your HR department. Within a few days of arriving in the Netherlands you will receive an invitation to pick up the VVR from one of the local IND desks. In Rotterdam this desk is located at the city hall.

Tuberculosis test

Depending on your nationality you might have to take a tuberculosis test upon your arrival in the Netherlands, in order to obtain a residence permit. People from EU and EER countries, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Surinam and the United States are exempt from this requirement. Tuberculosis tests can only be done by the Municipal Health Service (GGD). The tuberculosis test is free of charge and appointments in advance are not necessary.

Health Insurance

In order to obtain a first VVR you must purchase health insurance. You can also satisfy this condition afterwards.

BRP Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (in Dutch: BRP) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of legal residence (the application for the VVR suffices as evidence of this)
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment can in Rotterdam be made via: 14010. In The Hague you can make an appointment by sending an email to expatservice@denhaag.nl

Citizen Service Number (BSN)

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.

 

Before arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

After arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

Before arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

After arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

Before arrival

Schengen Visa

Since your stay in the Netherlands will be shorter than three months, you must apply for a Short-stay Visa (Schengen visa) from the Dutch embassy or consulate in your home country or the country where you legally reside. A Schengen visa (also called a short stay visa or C-visa) is a travel visa issued for a stay of 90 days maximum. A Schengen visa is always issued for a specific purpose. For you this purpose is: ’employment’.

After arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

Before arrival

TWV

If you are a national of Croatia you must have a work permit (TWV), unless you will be employed in a scientific position or you have already worked legally in the Netherlands for one year.
A TWV is a permit that a Dutch employer must have in order to employ foreign nationals. Your HR department applies for the TWV. The application process takes about two months. You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • Copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date)
  • Copy of diplomas and references, certified and translated into Dutch or English.

After arrival

There is nothing you need to do.

Before arrival

TWV

If you are a national of Croatia you must have a work permit (TWV), unless you will be employed in a scientific position or you have already worked legally in the Netherlands for one year.
A TWV is a permit that a Dutch employer must have in order to employ foreign nationals. Your HR department applies for the TWV. The application process takes about two months. You need to provide the following documents for the application:

  • Copy of a valid passport (pages indicating personal details and expiry date)
  • Copy of diplomas and references, certified and translated into Dutch or English.

After arrival

BRP Registration

You must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (in Dutch: BRP) of your city or town within five days after arrival. You can fill in the attached form for this in advance. You must submit the following documents to register:

  • A valid passport
  • Your rental contract, evidence of boarding at an address or the title deed to your home
  • Birth certificate, and if applicable, certificates of marriage, divorce, or the death of partner(s). The certificates must bear an apostille or legalisation stamp and also be verified if necessary.

An appointment in Rotterdam can be made via: 14010. In The Hague you can make an appointment by sending an email to expatservice@denhaag.nl

Citizen Service Number

Anyone who registers in the Municipal Personal Records Database is automatically assigned a Citizen Service Number (in Dutch: BSN). The BSN is a personal number under which you are registered with the government. EUR needs this number to be able to pay your salary, for instance. You also need it to open a bank account or purchase insurance.