How to Relocate to the Netherlands from US

Updated on Thursday 03rd August 2017

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According to the Dutch immigration Law, a residence permit is necessary for US citizens who intend to live and work in the Netherlands. There are several types of residence permits in the Netherlands they can apply for. Just like any Dutch immigration lawyer, one of our consultants can explain to you how to relocate to the Netherlands from the US.

Residence permits for American citizens moving to the Netherlands

United States citizens who wish to relocate to the Netherlands are not required to obtain a Dutch provisional residence permit (MVV). However, when you wish to emigrate or move to the Netherlands you are required to obtain a residence permit and, when this option becomes available to you, you can apply for a permanent residence permit.  

U.S. citizens who want to work in the Netherlands or simply live here are required to apply for a residence permit. A special category exists in the case of highly skilled migrants. American applicants can submit a form for Transfer within a company for positions such as branch managers. Their employer will also need to apply for a Single Permit, which combines the residence permit and the work permit.

Once you have the residence permit, you can extend it as needed. Those who have lawfully lived in the Netherlands for a period of five years can apply for a permanent residence permit. This is a separate application that is submitted with the IND. Apart from having a valid residence permit for five years, the applicant must also have had an uninterrupted stay in the county for those past five years. He/she must be registered with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) that operates in the place of residence. Another important condition is for the applicant to be able to provide for himself. This is done by showing that he or a family member is able to provide for sufficient, independent long-term income.

You can become a Dutch citizen through naturalization if you have lived continuously for five years in the Netherlands. Our consultants in immigration in the Netherlands can assist you in obtaining a residence permit or becoming a Dutch citizen. 

 Relocation services in the Netherlands for U.S. citizens

American citizens who want to immigrate to Netherlands can request professional help from a team of relocation experts. Our agents are able to help you in the same way as a Dutch immigration lawyer. Our relocation services are tailored to the needs of each new expat, according to his or her preferences for renting or buying a home in a Dutch city or the particularities related to his or her workplace.

Our Netherlands immigration agents can help U.S. citizens who want to relocate to Netherlands with the following expat services:

- visa or residence permit submissions;
- Municipal Personal Records Database registration and related submissions;
- renting or buying a home in the Netherlands;
- employment contract evaluation for detailed information on the conditions for workers in the country;
- assistance for opening a bank account and handling other financial matters;
- insurance services.

Our experts are also able to advise you on the applicable tax incentives and/or the special regime that applies to talented foreign workers. The Netherlands has a 30 percent ruling that is essentially a 30 percentage of reimbursement for the expenses incurred for having to move and stay in the Netherlands for your new job. Our Netherlands immigration specialists can give you more information on how this rule applies and what are the employer’s obligations. 

We are able to help American citizens who wish to work or live in the Netherlands with permit applications but also with connected services. It is often helpful to request the aid of a local expert when looking to rent or buy a home in the Netherlands. One of our agents is able to help you look for a property that meets your criteria. Furthermore, we can help you with the required registration with the Municipal Personal Records Database and with other issues such as arranging for life and property insurance in the Netherlands.

Our Netherlands immigration consultants can help you if you are a U.S. citizen who is interested in relocating to the Netherlands. Contact us for more information on relocating and for personalized answers.



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