Newborn Resident Permit

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Do you want to apply the resident permit for the newborn? Here is the step by step guide on how to do it.

When can you apply for Resident Permit?
If you meet below conditions, then IND cannot deny for providing the Resident permit even if the child does not have a passport.
– When your child is born in Netherlands and does not have a resident permit.
– Your child is part of your family.
– From your child’s birth, you and your child have main residence in the Netherlands.
– From your child’s birth, you have a valid resident permit or you are a dutch citizen after your child is born.
– You declare that you are taking the sponsorship of the child.

How to apply?
You can apply for the resident permit online. For online application, you will need :
– a DigiD with SMS code. You can see here on how to apply the DigiD id.
– Ideal or Internet banking to pay for your application

You can apply for online here at IND website..

How much does it costs?
The costs of the application is Eur 58.

What are the documents needed for application?
You will only need a BSN number for the application.

Collect Resident Permit
Within few weeks, you will receive a letter from IND that resident permit is ready to collect. You will then need to take up an appointment with the IND to collect the resident permit. During the appointment, you will need a passport of your child as an identification proof.


Heel prick and Hearing test

There are two important tests required in the first week after the baby is born. This is required to do an early detection of any abnormality so that it can be treated.

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Heel Prick Test :
In the first week after the birth, blood from your baby heel is collected and examined for a number of rare diseases.If the heel prick test will show that your baby has a rare disease, you will be referred to a pediatrician. An employee of GGD (Gemeentelijke Gezondheidsdienst) will come to you home(usually without an appointment or call) to perform the heel test. The test will be performed within 4 to 8 days after the baby is born.
If the test results are good, you will not be notified. No news is a good news. If the test is abnormal, your will be notified and your family doctor will contact you.

Hearing Test :
Hearing test is also done at your home within first week after the birth. The test takes only few minutes and is painless. Results will be shared immediately. The hearing test will be done during the same visit as that of heel prick test.

Register your newborn

Register the baby at Gemeente within three days !

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You are required to register the newborn at Gemeente or municipality within 3 days after the birth. The day child was born is not included in the three days. If third day falls on weekend or holiday, you can register the next working day.

I myself gave birth at Amstelveen Amstelland hospital, however I live in Amsterdam. So I had to register in Amstelveen since the baby is born in Amstelveen.

In Amstelveen you can register the birth during opening hours at city hall’s Civil Registry (Burgerlijke Stand) desk. In Amsterdam you have to make an appointment to register at a city office (stadsloket).

Who can register?
The child’s mother or father can register the birth. If father is absent, then someone who was present at the birth is required to register.

What to bring with you?
– The name of the child.
– The date and time of the birth. No documentation is required for this. Sometimes hospital give this as a letter too.
– A valid ID for the person registering the birth.
– A valid ID of the mother
– A marriage certificate (may or may not be needed)

First week after the birth

The first week after the baby is born is going to be very busy, emotional and tiring. You need to adjust yourself to the new situation !

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Congratulations !! Your baby is born !
You must be very busy with adjusting to the new situation and overwhelmed with the feelings. Here is the list of things you need to do in the first week after the baby is born :

1. Kraamzorg
Inform Kraamzorg from the hospital itself as soon as your baby is born. If baby is born in the night, inform them in the next morning. Kraamzorg nurse will be there for you for the first week after the birth. However it can be extended for another 2 days if you request your midwife. All the report made by kraamzorg is shared with your midwife.

2. Midwife visits
Your midwife will come to your home often to visit you to check on your health and your baby health. Also to check on your experience with the delivery. Midwife will give you a call before coming.

3. Lactation consultant
If you are experiencing problems with the breastfeeding and kraamzorg is unable to help, you can also opt for a lactation consultant. The consultancy is not included in the basic insurance. You can get more information from kraamzorg nurse on this.

4. Register at Gemeente/Municipality
You must register the birth at the municipality with in three days. You will then get a birth certificate from Gemeente at a cost of Eur 13. You can have a look at here on the steps on how to do.

5. Receive the BSN number of your child
Once you register the birth at municipality, you will get a BSN number within few days at your home via post.

6. Add your child to the Insurance
As soon as you have the birth certificate, you should add your child to your insurance. There is no extra fee for the insurance.

7. Heel Prick and Hearing test
Heel prick and hearing test will be done by an employee of GGD. Someone will come to your house without appointment or call within 4 to 6 days after the birth. You need not have to contact anyone for this. More information on the tests can be found here.

Apply DigiD

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Why is DigiD important in the Netherlands?
With your DigiD you identify yourself when you arrange matters online, such as with the government, educational institutions, healthcare organizations or your pension fund.
DigiD is private just like your passport or driving license. Never share the details such as DigiD username, password or PIN to anyone.

How can you apply for a DigiD?
You can apply for the ID online via this link.

What documents do you need for the application?
You will not need any documents. You will just need your BSN number(Citizen service number) for the application.

Activate DigiD
Once you apply for the DigiD using the above link, you will receive a letter with an activation code within three working days. Activate your DigiD with the username, password and activation code here.
Activate the DigiD within 20 days otherwise you have reapply again.

Enable SMS verification
SMS verification is a 2-step verification while login to DigiD. It is always better to have the SMS verification enabled.You can enable the SMS verification here by using your mobile or landline number.

The day of giving birth

Every child birth is different, every woman experiences it in her own way ! Trust yourself and your body, YOU CAN DO IT !!

Contractions have begun and the labor has started. Most of the time contractions starts with an irregular, short manner and not so painful at first. To see if your contraction are really started, midwife will check the contractions and feel the cervix with an internal exam. This gives her a good impression of the stage of your labor. Soon after, membranes starts breaking and amniotic fluid breaks as little warm water followed by more contractions. Midwife will be there to guide you on every step and help you with the process. When the cervix reaches 10 cm, after which you start pressing.
In the whole process, woman bears a lot of pain. There are some painkillers available so that you feel less pain. The pain medicines are not available in all the hospitals, so discuss this with your midwife in advance and then decide the hospital.

Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)
You will be taking control and give yourself a laughing gas via mouth or nose mask every one minute. Midwife keeps an eye on you. Once you stop inhaling, laughing gas is quickly disappeared from your body. However you may feel sleep, dizzy or sick and you cannot use it during pressing.

Epidural
Epidural is an injection that will be given in your lower back. The injection will be given under local anesthetic. You cannot walk or feel difficulties during pressing or urinating because of the anesthetic.

Injection of Pethidine
Pethidine is given as an injection into your buttock or thigh.It is similar to morphine. It works with in half an hour and works for 2-4 hours.You can get sleepy with this injection. Sometimes babies can also become drowsy from pethidine. Baby also find it difficult to breatfeed and suck due to drowsiness.

Pump with Remifentanil
Remifentanil is similar to morphine which is infused through a pump. You will take the control to push the button. The pump is adjusted so that you can never give yourself too much. Remifentanil can affect your breathing and the amount of oxygen in the blood. You and your child are monitored closely when using this medicine.

So choose you medicine at the right time and discuss with your midwife on the side effects.
You can also read more on the advantages or disadvantages of each of the medicine here.

Good luck with your delivery !

The Prenatal Screening

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Most child’s are born healthy. However it is possible in the Netherlands to have you unborn baby tested for a number of congenital disorders. This involves the two screening. Both the screenings optional to choose.

1. The screening for Down, Edwards and Patau syndromes
People with Down syndrome have an intellectual disability and their level of development cannot be predicted. Children with Edward & Patau syndrome generally die before or during birth or rarely live past the age of one. You can get this tested by opting one of the two tests as below :

Combined Test
The combined test consists of blood test of pregnant woman between 9 to 14 weeks and an ultrasound measuring the nuchal fold of the child. between 11 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. This test cannot provide any certainity. This test will show the risk of the syndrome. If there is an increased risk, you may also chose to have follow up testing done such as a screening with NIPT test or an option of additional ultrasound check.
If you are living close to Amstelveen, this test can be performed within Amstelland hospital.
The cost of the test is around Eur 177. If there are twins, the cost is double. Basic health insurance does not cover the costs of the test.

NIPT Test (Non-Invasive Prenatal Test)
This is a new test and it tests the blood of pregnant woman from 11 week. The placental DNA will be checked. This DNA is similar to the DNA of the child. Other chromosomal abnormalities can also be determined using this test, these are usually additional findings. You can decide whether you want to be informed of additional findings or not.
If you are living close to Amstelveen, this test can be performed within Amstelland hospital.The cost of the test is around Eur 175. If there are twins, the costs is double. Basic health insurance does not cover the costs of the test.

2. The screening for fetal anomaly
This is a 20 week ultrasound scan.The scan looks at the head, heart, spine, abdominal cavity, arms and legs. The ultrasound checks the overall growth of the baby, the location of placenta and if there is enough amniotic fluid.
It is not possible to see all the anomalies with this ultrasound. This screening is covered by the basic health insurance. The gender of the baby can also be revealed during this test only if you like.

Pregnancy in the Netherlands

First of all Congratulations. The journey of pregnancy is long, tiring yet a very beautiful one !

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You know you are pregnant and you are in the Netherlands. Do not know what are the next steps? Should you call a GP or huisarts or midwife for the questions and checkup?

Well, do not worry at all. Here is our guide on what to expect in the upcoming weeks, once you know you are pregnant.

1. As soon as you know that you are pregnant, Find a Verloskundige(Midwife)
Who is Verloskundige? Midwife in the Netherlands are called verloskundige in dutch. Once you know you are pregnant, immediately call a midwife to take an appointment.There is no referral needed from doctor. You can find the midwife within or near your area here.
The midwife guides you during your pregnancy and perform all the checkups,scans etc and prepare you for the delivery. Midwife keeps an eye on your health and also of the baby.
You can choose a midwife of your choice and call them to register. You will be invited for an Intake and registration. At the intake appointment, general questions about your illness, ailments, use of medications, allergies, height, weight, health of your partner and relatives etc will be checked and details will be added to the file. Just that you know, all midwife practices are organized and work differently from each other. If you have any illness or special condition such as diabetic then you will be referred to specialist or gynaecologists who will then handle your pregnancy journey instead of the midwife.
Tip : You will need at least a basic insurance to cover up the expenses of midwife.

2. Ultrasounds
All the ultrasounds and checkups will be done by midwife and in their facilities. First ultrasound is around 8 weeks. After that checkups will be done every 4 weeks. The appointments are usually not more than 15 min. During the checkup, your blood pressure, growth of the belly and the baby, your health and baby’s heartbeat will be checked. Usually schedule of the checkup’s is as below :
– 1st checkup/ultrasound : 8 to 10 weeks
– Term ultrasound : 10-12 weeks
– 2nd checkup : 14-16 weeks
– 16-24 weeks : checkup every 4 weeks
– 24 to 30 weeks : checkup every 3 weeks
– 30 to 36 weeks : checkup every 2 weeks
– 36 to 42 weeks : checkup every week

3. Prenatal Screening
Decide before or within 8 weeks of pregnancy, whether you want to go for a prenatal screening. Most child’s are born healthy. However it is possible in the Netherlands to have you unborn baby tested for a number of congenital disorders. This involves the two screening. Both the screenings optional to choose.
– The screening for Down, Edwards and Patau syndromes
– The screening for fetal anomaly. This is a 20 week ultrasound scan.

Your midwife will also inform you about these tests. You can ask your midwife on the hospitals where the tests can be performed.

You can read more about it in our next blog here.

5. Apply for an insurance kit (Kraampakket)
Call your insurer and inform that you are pregnant. It is mandatory to have a maternity package from insurance. The package contains everything you need for your delivery and first days afterwards such as medical products, maternity dressings, mattress protectors etc.

4. Arrange Kraamzorg (Maternity Care)
There is no country in the world apart from Netherlands that provides a carer who supports women during or after childbirth. Kraamzorg provide assistance during the first week of the your baby arrival. It is important that you rest to be able to recover and adjust to the new situation. There is a concept of Kraamzorg(Maternity care carer) to help you out with the below tasks during the first week after delivery.
– Checks on you and your baby
– Guidance with breastfeeding
– Supports with everyday household work
– Takes care of preparation of meals(if you like)
– a few other additional tasks
Always register at the Kraamzorg as early as possible(betweek 12 to 20 week of pregnancy) as they are also very busy specially during summer period(a lot of babies are born during summer in Netherlands). The intake usually happen between 30 to 36 weeks pregnancy.
Tip : Always request a kraamzorg with breastfeeding expert during the intake.

5. Arrange a Maternity leave
If you are working, then you need to have maternity leaves arranged. For that you will need a pregnancy statement from your midwife. The pregnancy statement states that you are pregnant and the expected delivery date for you.
You may take leave upto 6 weeks before the due date. However it is mandatory to stop working at least 4 weeks before the due date. The total leave lasts 16 weeks. So you always have atleast 10 weeks after the child birth. You will receive maternity benefits equal to your salary.
If you have a partner, the partner is entitled to upto 5 weeks of leave within 6 months of child birth. This is applicable starting 1st July 2020. Partner will get 70% of salary from uwv.
The first 6 months after giving birth, you are entitled to take additional breaks for pumping.
From next year, the number of leave for pregnant woman and partner is going to be increased.

6. Decide where you want to give birth
Decide early on where you want to give birth? Would it be a home birth or a hospital birth? It is a tradition within Netherlands to give birth at home.
If you plan to give birth at home, the kraamzorg nurse will come to you before the birth to guide and support you. All the costs are covered within your insurance.
If you plan to give birth at the hospital, you will call the midwife. Midwife will come to your home to do a checkup and then assist you to the hospital. Note that full costs of delivery is not included in the insurance.

7. Prepare a bag for your delivery day
Prepare a bag with all the necessary things required for delivery. This must include clothes for your baby, comfortable clothes for yourself, a towel for yourself, Slippers.
You will get a big list from midwife, not everything is important or mandatory.

Inburgering : How to prepare

Everyone would like to know how should I prepare for inburgering exams !

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Speaking from my experience. I had attempted all 5 exams with in the same week. A few tips and learning according to me.

General
Learn a few basic words everyday and then a few basic sentences that are used in everyday life. The letters from banks, appointment letters, and other brief that you receive are usually in dutch, try not to translate them. Give it a try to read. You may not be able to understand the meaning of each and every work but slowly you will start understanding the sentences by relating a few words. Believe me, understanding the sentence instead of each and every word is more than enough.

Reading
The best way to prepare for readings is to start reading newspaper. The letters you receive at home. Usual contracts. Pay attention to all of these and try to understand with basic words. Do not forget to try DUO practice tests.
For me, Reading was the most easiest to do. It is just like a paragraph reading in English which we used to do in schools. Be smart, during the exam, do not focus on reading the paragraph but focus on question and then finding the answer in the paragraph.

Speaking
You will be usually asked two parts in the same question. For example :
Question : Wat voor fruit eet u graag? Vertel ook hoe vaak u fruit eet?
Translation : What kind of fruit do you like to eat? Also tell how often you eat fruit.

Always think like a child. Noone is looking for the real answer. Do not start thinking “which fruit do I really like?” and do not relate the answer to your real life. Answer should be as simple as possible. Also the answer must be derived from question itself which means most of the words to be used in your answer are from your questions.

Answer : Ik eet graag banaan en ik eet elkedag.
Translation : I like to eat banana and I eat everyday.

keep in mind, there are extra marks if you join the two sentences with and, or, if, because, however etc. Try more :

Question : Hoe vaak gebruikt u uw telefoon? Vertel ook waarvoor u uw telefoon gebruikt?
Translation : How often do you use your telephone? Also tell what for you use your telephone?

Answer : Ik gebruik mijn telefoon elkedag en ik gebruik het voor werk.
Translation : I use my telephone everyday and I use it for work.
(do not start thinking how many times you are really using your telephone in a day. Also do not think whether you use it for calls, gaming, reading etc)

Apart from this, go through the videos of Ad Appel on Youtube for more scenarios like this.

Listening
As per my experience, the DUO practice questions are enough for practicing listening.

Writing
The pattern of writing has been changed a little bit starting 2019. Also keep in mind, the key to writing your answer is the question itself. You can write the complete letter/email from question itself by using a few words. The salutation/concluding section such as dear …. or Yours sincerely etc, has special marks so do not forget to write it better. I would say mug up the start/end sections.
Filling the form is quite simple and fill in the blanks too. Keep in mind, think as simple as you can. Do not complicate your answer. And there are special marks for using – and, because, if, or, however etc. There are many free examples on Google.

KNM (Knowledge of dutch society)
Honestly I really mugged up the book “Netherlands in gang” but it did not help much. Atleast 50% of questions will be on the basis of your common sense and the rest 50% are related to festivals, important dates, etc from Netherlands in gang book.

ONA (Orientation Exam)
Fortunately I was having the appointment for ONA discussion towards the end of the day at 05:30 PM. It was almost time to leave for the day so everyone was so eager to wrap up the discussion as fast as they can. Lucky me !!
The discussion can go upto 40 min but for me it was for 15-20 min. Examiners were very helpful and if you are not understanding any questions, examiner will do their best to ask the question in a different way – as simple as possible. And they will take you through the portfolio by keeping a finger on the question. So you already know which question is being asked.

Last but not the Least
Practice, practice and practice !
Check the DUO practice question here for sure. And good luck for your exams !





Inburgering : A2 Exam Structure

Het Inburgeren !! Looking out for what does the inburgeren exam comprises of ? Here are the details and my experience of the exams.

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Which exams you need to take up as a part of level A2?
Following exams comprises of inburgering exams :
1. Reading
2. Writing
3. Listening
4. Speaking
5. Knowledge of dutch society (KNM)
6. Orientation on dutch labour market (ONA)

Reading
You will read text and answer questions. The will be 25 questions and the duration of exam is 65 min. Attempting 16-18 questions right gives you a chance to pass the exam.

Writing
You do the exam with a pen and paper. 4 assignments will be provided. This involves writing a short letter/email, filling out a form, fill in the blanks(4-6 questions), describe a picture etc. The exam is for 40 min. 75% right questions are good to pass the exam.

Listening
There will be short audio files and answer the questions on them with around 25 questions. The duration of exam is 45 min. If you have 16-20 questions correct, you have pretty good to clear the exam. if more than 20 questions are right, you definitely pass the exam.

Speaking
The duration of the exam is 35 min. There are two parts of the exam :
– 12 questions where you need to hear the recording for questions and record your answer by speaking. Each question 12 points. Total of 144 points. You will need 82 to 84 points to clear this part.
– Another 12 questions where you need not have to speak. These are the multiple choice questions. if you are having 9 questions right, you can clear this part as well.
Keep in mind, for clearing this exam, you will need to pass both the parts of the exam.

Since there are many people in the room taking the exam, there will be a lot of noise, be loud enough to speak and record. You can record your answer as many times as you want but also keep in mind the duration of the exam.

Knowledge of dutch society – KNM
Short films will be there in the exam such as shopping or going to the doctor. After each film, you need to answer some questions. The exam lasts 45 min. There can be 39-43 questions in the exam. If you make 26 questions right, you stand out a chance to clear the exam.
Believe me, 45 min is not at all enough for this exam. It is better to go through the revision of answers at the end of the exam if time permits.

Orientation on dutch labour market – ONA
ONA is about working and looking for work. You need to pre-fill a portfolio form which is similar to a resume and send it to DUO for the review. If the review is a success, the appointment will be provided otherwise it will be sent back to you for more questions or corrections.
In the appointment, you will have to speak and discuss your portfolio with 2 examiners. One is asking questions and discussing with you while the other one just examining the answers by sitting aside. The appointment will be recorded. It is more of the speaking exam. Grammar does not matter for this exam. You will be assessed on the ability to make simple sentences. The examiner will help you enough(or more than enough sometimes) to clear the exam. Do not be afraid of this exam.
You can also get exemption for this exam. I will publish a separate blog on how to get this exemption.

What you need to bring for the exams?
Bring a valid ID proof. You can also bring the letter for the exam which you received from DUO but this is optional. Pen, Paper, headphone etc will be provided to you at the exam spot.