New members of the Netherlands forum, introduce yourselves here - 2018

Hi all,

Newbie on the Netherlands forum? Don’t know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country, or to tell us more on your expat projects in the Netherlands if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Iam Mukasa johnmutebi,a Ugandan,
But currently am in Israel, for my internship,
I would like to come to Netherlands in this year,
If possible to be employed from there.

Hi Mukasa and welcome to the Forum.

At the top of this page is a link to our Handy Tools section; if you select that, you'll get access to our Expat Guides which have been written to help you plan your journey.

Once you've read those, if you have any further specific questions, please come back to us.

Hope this helps.

Expat Team

I am George Panas i come from Greece and i have been in the Netherlands for almost a year now. I am currently working as a waiter in Alkmaar Noord. I am looking for extra work that possibly provides accommodation. I am very experienced in restaurants and food services and a very good team player. Available for morning or evening shifts.

Hi I'm Max from Germany, I have been in the Netherlands for the past 5 months for an internship and will start a fulltime job in a hotel in March. Therefore i am looking for an acommodation in or around Amsterdam.

Hi everyone.  My name is Chris.   I'm lucky enough to have dual-citizenship by birth through my mother in the United States and the Netherlands.  I guess you could say I'm one of the lucky few that can still claim dual-citizenship in the Netherlands after they changed their laws.  Long story short, I just turned 33.  I've been working in the investment management field as a portfolio analyst for about 8 years now.  5 of which is with my current firm in New York City.  I've reached the point in my life where I want to pursue my dream of actually taking advantage of my EU citizenship and moving to Europe.  I think this would benefit me personally as well as professionally. 

I have family in Amersfoort so it would be natural for me to move to the Netherlands (at least initially). 

I joined this board to network and try and learn how I can pull this off.  I figure people have done it before so why reinvent the wheel?  It seems like a daunting task, but at the very least I don't have to apply for a work visa. 

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Hi Chris and welcome to the Forum.

If you have a Dutch passport, then it's relatively simple, you'll have no problems with Immigration at Schiphol.  When you get to your family in Amersfoort, just go down to the Town Hall (Gemeentehuis) and register (inschrijven) at that address (you have 5 days to do this); when you register, you'll get a BSN number with which you can open a bank account and more importantly, be able to pay taxes (so find a job), register at the doctors and register a car - you can't do any of these without a BSN number.  If you already have a Dutch passport, the number will be on there and the Gemeente will use that for registration purposes, so don't forget your passport.

For work, you haven't said if you speak Dutch; assuming you do, then look around the agencies dealing in your specialisation - et voila.

If you don't speak Dutch, then it's not so easy because you're really limiting where you can work and many agencies won't even speak to you.  I'd recommend contacting the HR departments of the multi-nationals; you probably already know many of these.

One last word of warning - taxes.  As a US citizen, you still have to make an annual declaration to the IRS; shouldn't be a problem as there is a multilateral agreement between the US/NL and you won't be charged twice for income tax.  However, 2 points where US citizens get caught out.  1 - You are still liable for US State taxes (if you pay them back in the US).  2 - the multilateral agreement is only applicable to income tax; the NL has a lot of social taxes of which it doesn't apply and they will tax you on all income earned worldwide for the previous period of the tax year, so if you arrive in September 2018, they will charge you in arrears for the period Jan > Sep 2018.  The Dutch tax authorities will want copies of all your US payslips, bank statements etc for this period; if you don't have any, then they will estimate.  I had a very real shock when they got me.  There are also rumours going around (it's already happened in Germany) that all of your investment records from Holland will be reported to the IRS, so the US taxman will be able to assess you for US taxes.  You can get out of all of this by renouncing your US citizenship, but that's up to you.

If you have any further specific questions, please come back to us.

Hope this helps.

Expat Team

My name is Natasha. Born in Amsterdam, Surinameze from origine. Basicly Dutch uhm, uhm. I am a bit preserved as a person. I like to work, have a drink and a chat.  Currently back in Amsterdam. I worked a Bucharest for almost a month. I would like to proceed my expat path( need to give it some thought)  I am not very internettish but I like this website.

Hi, my name is Lily. I am a Vietnamese-American and I have dual citizenship--American and Vietnamese. My fiance is American.

We visited the Netherlands last year and really love this country, especially its progressive social, political, environmental and educational policies. I have been working with a Dutch business partner and I would like to establish a business and move to the Netherlands. Our goal is to bring innovative Dutch technologies to Vietnam.

My background is in Human/Leadership Development, Organizational Consulting and my interest is in sustainability development. My fiance's background is in web development. Both of us have worked for a company specializing in cognitive development research and educational research. We think of ourselves as social entrepreneurs and we are passionate about social change.

I would appreciate any advice on registering, starting a business in the Netherlands and migrating to the Netherlands. We are taking to an account manager from INCO Business Group later today about how to register a business in the Netherlands and what type of legal business structure we should consider. As of now, we have not talked to anyone about migrating to the Netherlands yet. But we would really hope we could keep our US citizenship if that is still an option.

I am looking forward to conversing with other members here!



Hi Lily and welcome to the Forum. :)

Interesting post.  At the top of this page is our Handy Tools link, if you select that, you'll get access to our Expat Guides; these contain articles that may help you plan your journey.

With regards to setting up a business in Holland, your first stop should be the Kamer van Koophandel (KvK); this link will take you to their website.

Once you've read our guides and checked out the KvK website, if you have any further specific questions, please come back to us.

Hope this helps.

Expat Team

Thank you, Cynic!

Hey there. My name is Bianca. I'm a 24 year old Romanian girl and I plan on moving to the Netherlands starting this July. I'm currently still in Romania because I want to finish my education, namely a master's degree in Specialized Translations and Terminology, in English and German. My bachelor's degree is on literature and foreign languages, English and German. My Dutch is at the beginner level. I figured out I better start working early on creating some connections and finding out some information on the possible job opportunities I might have. I'm curious if I could find some jobs related to my field of study, or if I need to think of something else, so I will keep searching. If anybody in here has any advice, I'd appreciate it.

Luckily, I will live at my boyfriend's place, so I don't need to worry about that part now.

I am looking forward to getting to know others on this platform!


Hi Bianca and welcome to the Forum. :)

You're an EU citizen, so have no immigration issues to contend with.  You have somewhere to live when you get to Holland, so that's covered as well.

As for work, depends what you want to do and whether that is regulated in Holland, which perhaps could lead to you needing to get your qualifications authenticated when you get there.

You'll not have much experience behind you, so to build that up, perhaps you should be looking for an internship with one of the multi-nationals in Holland?  Start searching the Internet for those who may be interested in your skill-set, then get some letters off to them.

Hope that's helped.

Expat Team

Thank you for that information, Cynic. Have a nice evening!

Hi. My name is Karen I come from Mexico and in June of this year it will be 2 years since I arrived here. I am still trying to adapt and learn the language, but  sadly I have been very sick last 3 months.  That has led me to experience a lot frustration with the healthcare system here, specially the fact most people here (nurses, even doctors) don't speak good English. 

Most of the time I don't know if they understood what I said, few bluntly say they didn't, but a big number of them just pretend they do although it's obvious they didn't. I have heard in Amsterdam is totally different, but sadly I live in Hoorn. Not to mention most people working  in the healthcare setting seem to lack empathy. Oh and I have yet to find a decent GP in this city :(

A very rude awakening indeed.  I would like to meet new people on here, hopefully share our experiences.

Hello! I'm Ciro, an Italian Structural Engineer who would like to relocate to the Netherlands. I speack English, Italian and a little bit of French and German.

I am in this forum because I hope to find usefull information on how found a job in the country.

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