Looking to move to the Netherlands

Hi guys,

I currently live in South Africa and it has been my dream forever to move overseas.
I have officially started the process and have got my cv and everything together.
The next step is figuring out how to get overseas. I have been looking for jobs in the UK for a few months, but I am not getting anywhere with that, so I am expanding my search to Germany and the Netherlands.

I currently work as a Graphic Designer, Web-Designer, Photographer, and Animator.

I was hoping you guys could please advise me on how on earth I can get myself to the Netherlands?
I have basically saved up enough money, I am fluent in English, and average in Afrikaans, but the languages are rather similar. I do have multiple friends online that live in the Netherlands, who I have met all through an online gaming community.

But I have no idea where to even begin this process? Do I need to find a job first, and if so where can I look for one? Are there recruiters in South Africa or the Netherlands that could assist with finding a job?

Should I look at coming to the Netherlands first and then looking for a job? Is that even an option?

Basically, any information on what the best route to go would be greatly appreciated.
I am ready to start my new adventure, grab my things together and jump into a new crazy adventure. But I just have no idea where to start, and I am sure the process is meant to be so much easier than it seems.

Thanks in advance for any advice and help you can offer :)

Hi Siiren,

I suspect the first hurdle you need to overcome is getting into the country; you have 2 ways, either by sponsorship (i.e. you apply for a job, the company decide they wish to employ you, they then sponsor your application), my opinion is that unless you are really special with some unique quality, that Holland already has lots of Graphic Designers and you'll struggle, but who knows; this link may help you, lots of people start their working life finding work via Uitzendbureaus - they are like staffing agencies.

The other way is by applying yourself; I've posted this link previously; not sure if it helped the guy who was asking, but it takes you to the Dutch Government Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) website, it's in English.  There are a few drop-down menu questions to answer; based on what you select, it gives you links to answers to many questions you may have.

Afrikaans has many similarities to Dutch, but Mrs C tells me it's an old fashioned version of the language (with lots of German words thrown into the mix) that nobody speaks any more, I think it will help you (if only because I find that I can understand a lot of Afrikaans that I hear/see on TV).

Not sure if I've helped you much, but best of luck. :)

Goeiemore Siiren,

Before anything else, you have to validate your credentials by following the procedure set up on the following websites:

The Afrikaans is not a language but a dialect composed of old Dutch, German and English. So if you find someone who understands the tier of what you say, you'll be lucky ...

To find a job, you can already start going through the cabinets of headhunters. With a well-done research on the internet, you should manage to find many addresses.

And do not forget to also watch the expatriate guides found on this site. And get closer to the Dutch embassy to know the administrative route.

Tot ziens

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