So you wish to continue living permanently in the Netherlands, then you can apply for the permanent residence permit.
What are the conditions to apply for the permanent Resident Permit? 1. You must have a valid resident permit at the time of application. 2. You have had uninterrupted 5 years stay in the Netherlands. You can check if there is gap from Gemeente. 3. You have a civic integration diploma(inburgering level A2).
What are the costs? The cost of the application is Eur 174. However there is some exception as below : – Children under 18 pay Eur 58. – Turkish citizen pay Eur 58. – Turkish children under 18 pay Eur 31.
How can you apply? You can submit the application online using DigiD option. Please note that you must have a valid RP during the time of application. If your RP is getting expired within 3 months, then the application cannot be submitted. In that case, you can send the written application via link. Online Application link : DigiD with SMS
What are the documents needed? – Valid RP – Passport – Civic Integration Diploma – Current employment contract – Salary slips from last 3 months – Declaration from employer if you are working – Salary declaration certificate from the employer stating your income
Confirmation from IND? Once you submit the application, IND will sends you a confirmation letter. The confirmation shows the date on which IND received your application. if there any missing documents or details, IND will send you a letter to correct the details or provide more documents. You have to send the requested documents before the date specified in the letter.
Biometric Appointment? Once you get the confirmation letter from IND that your application has been received, you can then make an appointment online at the IND desk for the biometric information.
How long is the decision period? The confirmation shows the date on which IND received your application and also states the period in which IND has to assess your application. This period is call decision period. The IND has to make the decision within a period of 6 months. For the cities with less application, the decision is fast.
Collect your permanent resident permit? The IND will send you a letter to inform you when you can collect the resident permit. For collection, you have to make an online appointment at IND desk stated in the letter.
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
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.
So you have reached Netherlands and you are wondering about all the essential things you need to do in your first week? Here is our quick guide on immediate steps you need to take upon arrival to the Netherlands.
Here is the list of 8 things you should know and do in your first week :
1. Collect your Resident Permit You wish to continue living in the Netherlands, then Resident Permit is the most imporant card. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals are free to come and live/work in the country. Everyone else needs a Resident Permit. Visit IND(Immigration and Naturalisation Service) office within 2 weeks of arrival. You have to arrange an appointment online at ind.nl At your appointment, fingerprints will be taken and resident permit will be processed.
2. Find a place to live The next one is to find a cosy place in the heart of The Netherlands. If you have already arranged a place before arriving to Netherlands, you can strike this step. If not, you can search the rental properties on the popular websites : funda.nl or pararius.nl You can also visit our next blog to find out more about this topic.
Tip :If you are hiring an agent for finding you a rental property, agent can claim a fees of upto Eur 250. It is not legal to ask for a fee more than this amount.
3. Register yourself to Gemeente Ah, wondering what is Khe-meen-te? Do not worry about pronunciation. Gemeente is the dutch word for municipality or town hall. If you are relocating from abroad to Netherlands, you must register to the town hall as a resident. This is mandatory to get the BSN number(Burger Service Nummer). BSN is required for all the communications with the city and national government. You must contact Gemeente within 5 days of arrival to schedule an appointment. For appointment, call the city’s gemeente office. The appointment will be taken place at city office. You must have a residential address where you can register(refer point 2). You need following documents for registration :
– A valid proof of identity (Preferably a passport) – Original and notarized copy of birth certificate(may or may not be needed. Check with Gemeente when booking an appointment) – A document showing you have the right to live at your address. This could be either a rental contract, a letter of permission from the house owner with a copy of their ID or an official letter from a housing corporation.
4. Get a BSN Number BSN number is Burger service nummer or citizen service number. It is a unique number for everyone who has dealings with Dutch government. You can and must use the citizen service number increasingly often, in dealings with your municipality, the hospital, schools, your employer or benefits agencies etc. Once you register yourself at Gemeente, you will get the BSN number on the spot.
5. Open a Bank account Thinking which bank should I open the account. Open a bank account with one of the leading banks of Netherlands : ABN AMRO, ING or Rabobank. Here is my tip :
– If you need a bank account to be opened with in a day, go for ING. – If you have enough time for the bank account and enough money with your credit card to spend, you can go for ABN AMRO Bank. ABN usually takes a week to open a bank account.
You will need a BSN number, your passport/ID, proof of address such as a rental contract and proof of income – employment contract to open the account. Book an appointment via call and visit a convenient local branch to make your application.
Tip : If you plan to travel a lot, apply for a credit card as well. A lot of travel sites only accept payment from credit card.
6. Apply for a Health Insurance If you are coming on work permit, usually your employer have applied for an insurance in advance. If not, you can also apply for the insurance in consulation with your employer or on your own. Allianz and CZ are two of insurance provider companies. Allianz for international travels, an insurance opted by a lot of employers. The health insurance company will require an address proof, your BSN number and a bank account for direct debit payments. You will receive a Dutch health insurance card shortly by post afterwards which will have your name, date of birth, BSN number and policy number.
Tip : CZ is the widely used health insurance in Netherlands. If you can, apply for CZ.
7. Register yourself at Huisarts What the hell is huisarts? General Practitioners(GPs) or family doctors are called huisarts. Most GP’s will only register you as their patient, if you live in the service area of their practice. That is because your GP must be able to reach your home address within 15 minutes in emergencies. As soon as you know where you will be living, you need to register with a GP practice. You may find a suitable practice by asking other internationals or by using websites like Zorgkaart or Kiesuwhuisarts. You will need a proff of identity, BSN number and health insurance card to register. Always call to book an appointment for huisart. If you call the GP’s office to make an appointment, the GP’s assistant, will ask questions in order to: – determine the urgency of your situation (and, in some cases, check if more immediate action is required) – to check whom you would need to see (a GP or a practice assistant)
However you can call emergency number 112 but it is not adviced to call emergency for minor problems.
Tip : Also Register yourself with a pharmacy near to where you live. Your doctor’s office will then know where to send prescriptions.Huisarts are usually open during the weekdays and closed on weekends or holidays.
8. Travel Card For local travel, you will need an OV-chipkaart. The OV-chipkaart is the payment method for public transport in the Netherlands. If you carry an OV-chipkaart with you, you no longer need to think about strip tickets or metro tickets. You load credit onto the card in Euro or add a travel product, such as a single journey, a monthly pass for commuting or a season ticket. There are two different cards: a personal OV-chipkaart and an anonymous OV-chipkaart.
Personal OV-chipkaart : If you often travel by public transport, the personal OV-chipkaart is convenient. You can add several travel products at the same time as well as using passes and age discounts.
Anonymous OV-Chipkaart : The anonymous card is not linked to an individual. So it is not possible to add passes to the card. The anonymous card can be used by more than one person, though not at the same time. This is very convenient for a family
9. Grocery Shopping AH(Albert Heijn), Jumbo, Dirk, Lidl are popular grocery shops within Netherlands. You will find atleast one with in or closer to your area. The payment can be made with cash or Dutch debit card.