Immigrate to the Netherlands from Canada

Updated on Friday 29th January 2021

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The Netherlands is one of the most attractive countries in Europe for expats. Some of the main advantages include a high quality of life, good infrastructure and services and excellent connectivity to other EU countries. Canadians interested in relocating to the Netherlands have to follow a standard and uncomplicated procedure; however, several steps do remain mandatory. Because there are several methods, in which a Canadian can move to the Netherlands, it is advisable to seek advice and complete information in this matter.

One important detail is that individuals coming from Canada do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands, but should prepare a valid passport and consider the rules and regulations when settling in the country. Our immigration lawyer in the Netherlands are here to provide you with details about the Dutch residence or work permit you need to obtain as soon as you arrive here. 

Our team of immigration lawyers can also assist Canadians who are already in the country and are ready to apply for Dutch citizenship.
 

Free admittance in the Netherlands for Canadian citizens


People from Canada benefit from numerous advantages that come with the Canadian passport. One of these is related to the free entrance in numerous countries worldwide, without having to apply for a particular visa and wait for a stamp to be placed on the passport. This is also available for all individuals interested in entering the Netherlands as Canadian citizens, no matter the purpose of the visit, business or tourism. A citizen from Canada can stay in the Netherlands for 90 days and for 180 days in other Schengen states. It is good to know that working and studying in the Netherlands come with different requirements and one of them is related to the Dutch residence permit one should obtain when settling in the country. Our immigration lawyer in Netherlands will provide you with assistance and complete details about the legal forms you should consider when immigrating in the Netherlands.
 

Ways in which a Canadian can move to the Netherlands


As stated above, one way in which a Canadian resident can move to the Netherlands is for study purposes. However, this option may only be attractive for students or those who are switching careers or who are just starting their career in a chosen field. All other Canadians have other options to move to the Netherlands permanently:
  • as a highly skilled migrant: a Canadian who is highly skilled in a particular field can obtain a residence permit when coming to the country and having an employment contract with a Dutch employer or research institution; intra-company transfers are also possible.
  • as a self-employed individual: Canadians who wish to work independently in the Netherlands can apply for residence permit as a self-employed individual; a condition is that their activity will be of interest for the Dutch economy; the application is assessed based on a scoring system (personal experience, business plan and the added value for the Netherlands).
  • as a start-up founder: start-up entrepreneurs can obtain a residence permit in Netherlands if they can present an innovative product or service and if they collaborate with an experienced facilitator; Dutch start-ups are subject to a wide range of incentives and the ecosystem is a supportive one.
  • as an employee in art and culture: artists and performers can apply for a single permit (themselves or their employer who also becomes their sponsor); jobs can be available in dance, theater, stage performances, cultural workshops, classical music, opera and others.

Each of the options described above require that the applicant will have sufficient proven income after arriving in the country and after undertaking the employment for which he applies.
 

Residence permit application for Canadians


Canadians do not need to apply for a provisional residence permit, they can receive the residence permit in Netherlands once their application has been processed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND). A valid passport and the Canadian identification card where your home address is mentioned must be provided to the authorities in charge of issuing your Dutch residence permit. The decision period in the Netherlands for preparing your documents is a matter of weeks, meanwhile, a Canadian citizen established in the country is registered at the local police.

The IND will issue the decision to accept or refuse the application within 90 days (in case the decision is a negative one, the applicant can apply for a review). The residence permit is collected from the IND and for this purpose the holder must make an online appointment (within four months after having received the acceptance letter, at least). One of our Dutch immigration lawyers can help you with detailed information about the application for the residence permit so that you may avoid the situation in which this is rejected by the IND. If this does happen before you have had a chance to contact us, we can help you proceed with a review.
 
Immigrate to the Netherlands from Canada

After the Canadian applicant receives his residence permit, he must handle a few key steps:
  •  register with the municipality: the first step after arriving to the Netherlands is to register with the municipality in which the residence is based; the registration is submitted with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP); the applicant will need to present a translated and legalized copy of his birth certificate.
  • health insurance: any individual living in the Netherlands must have health insurance; this can be arranged within four months after the arrival in the country.
Canadians moving to the Netherlands are not required to perform a tuberculosis test.

When moving to the Netherlands based on an employment contract, the residence permit will have the same validity as the length of the employment contract but no more than five years. In the event in which the residence permit holder becomes unemployed during this time, a period of maximum three months is allowed for a new job search. The type of work is indicated on the back of the residence permit. For example, highly skilled migrants can either become employed as a skilled worker or work as a self-employed individual. One of our immigration lawyers in Netherlands can give you more information.
 

Obtaining Dutch citizenship


Canadians who have lived in the Netherlands for an uninterrupted period of five years, during which they have held a valid residence permit at all times, are allowed to apply for citizenship through naturalization. Some of the other conditions for this include:
  • minimum age of 18;
  • having a valid residence permit immediately prior to the application for naturalization (for a non-temporary purpose and still valid during the naturalization ceremony);
  • be sufficiently integrated: must read, write, speak and understand Dutch (the civic integration diploma is proof of this);
  • no prison sentence, community service order and no large fine in the Netherlands or abroad during the last five years;
  • renouncing the current nationality: this does not apply in some cases for example for those individuals married to a Dutch citizen or those who are a registered partner of a Dutch citizen.

If obtaining citizenship is a natural step you wish to take, you can always talk more about the process and requirements with our immigration lawyer in the Netherlands. Another way of obtaining citizenship is by making an investment in Netherlands and our lawyers can give you more details about this option.

We kindly invite you to contact our team of experts in immigration in the Netherlands for further information about how to enter the country as an individual from Canada.