How to Relocate to the Netherlands from Belgium
Registering with a Dutch municipality as a resident
Within no more than five days after arriving in the Netherlands you have to undergo the registration procedure with a Dutch municipality. This procedure is free of charge and requires several documents to be submitted to the city hall. These are the following:
• A valid identification card or passport;
• Proof of your accommodation in the Netherlands – a tenancy agreement or a rental contract; or
• A written declaration from the Dutch citizen you live in with, if applicable; or
• A sales contract of a Dutch property – if you buy a house in the Netherlands;
• Any other important Belgium documents – marriage certificates, birth certificates or other children`s documents if you intend to bring them with you.
Note that prior to relocating to the Netherlands from Belgium a translation and notarization of these documents is necessary.
Belgium citizens working in the Netherlands
Belgium citizens can work without restrictions in all sectors of the Dutch economy. In order to work in the Netherlands you need to take care of several aspects. First of all, you have to obtain a citizen service number (BSN). This is granted to you alongside the registration procedure with a Dutch municipality. Certain employers may require this number when hiring you. Another thing to consider is to open a Dutch bank account where the employer can pay your salary.
If you pursued a degree program or training course in Belgium, you have to provide your employer with the relevant diplomas. Please note that your Belgium diplomas are not automatically valid in the Netherlands. You will have to apply for a diploma recognition procedure before finding a job in the Netherlands. Research the employment conditions in the Netherlands before starting to work. There are several basic employment conditions to be met by any Dutch employer.