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

Hi
Im priya grom Srilanka .my huisbrand applied for my VISA almost a month ago.how long Will take them to process the VISA.and how Will they contact is regarding the VISA .
Thank u
Priya

Hello!

I am a Dutch citizen but live with my husband and son in the US. We have another little one joining us in December. We have our own business here (structured as an S-corp) and make about 170k a year with this.

However, missing my family in The Netherlands, we decided we want to move back to The Netherlands. We have a 1099 worker who does contracted work for our business here and we are the only two employees. We want to register our business in The Netherlands and start there as well, while still receiving income from the US side of the business. All in all, pretty complicated! Not sure if we need to do the DAFT way or if we can register our current business as a corporation and get a residency permit for my husband like that while using the 30% ruling.

I have a dutch passport, my husband and kid(s) will all have American passports. However I can easily get a dutch passport for the kids.

Basically, I've come here to see if anyone has been in our shoes and can share some of their wisdom. :)

Hi and welcome to the Forum.

Not a problem for you and your kids; I think you could have a couple of options open to your husband, but it would probably be easier in the long-term to apply for a family visa for him.  I say this as all work type visas are by definition temporary and you'd end up re-applying for another visa a few years later..

My advice would be for you to contact the IND and ask for some advice on what your options are; this link will take you to the contact page on their website.  Stand by for some frustration, the civil service has not improved in the years since you left. :)

Watch out for your taxes as your husband will still have to file tax returns to the IRS when he lives in Holland; probably best to speak to a tax-adviser on the best way to structure your business activities in the US.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

Hi, Hoi, Servus to everybody!



My Name is Teresa/Resi - you can chose :-)
I am originally from Austria but am now living in The Hague attending the Royal Academy of Art to get deeper into story telling through art or more specifically - with photography.



I recently lost my mother - my best friend, soul mate, the one who filled me up with love, happiness, strength and hope. The one I gave my heart and my soul to.
And now she is gone and with her all the qualities I just mentioned. I am about to find a way to somehow get them back. I don’t know yet how this is possible but there must be a way and I am certain that there always is one if you just try :-)

I am in the middle of a project which includes art, a way to handle the burden and at the same time meeting people who have similar experiences. The Project is called From Mamaste to Julley and should be about children, grown ups, women and men who lost somebody or something. It doesn’t really matter what they have lost - even if it is just a feeling they somehow can’t find anymore in their body. Or if they have just lost their balance in life or a book they really admired. I would love to meet inspiring and unique people who are open to even inspire me with my project and who have no problem documenting it (though I will set it up anonymously if preferred) with a lense and a pen.

It is basically all about meeting people who have or want to share and bring something out there - or only share. It's about meeting people and finding new and unique connections. Maybe about sharing experiences, sharing deep talks that shift your perspective in life.

I’d be honoured and more than just happy to meet you :-)

Hi everyone! I’m Aiszy Joice from the Philippines. I was in the Netherlands last year to meet my fiancé’s family which i find it very important for both parties since we will be part of each other’s lives. I find NL and it’s culture to be very refreshing and educating. My fiancé and i are still trying to research on how to get married and how he could bring me there (i said he can come and stay in PH if he wanted but the heat here is exhausting him a lot so he said it’s much better to bring me to NL). Looking for info, recommendations and advices about marriage, formalities and relocation. Thanks everyone!

Aiszy.singkit :

Hi everyone! I’m Aiszy Joice from the Philippines. I was in the Netherlands last year to meet my fiancé’s family which i find it very important for both parties since we will be part of each other’s lives. I find NL and it’s culture to be very refreshing and educating. My fiancé and i are still trying to research on how to get married and how he could bring me there (i said he can come and stay in PH if he wanted but the heat here is exhausting him a lot so he said it’s much better to bring me to NL). Looking for info, recommendations and advices about marriage, formalities and relocation. Thanks everyone!

Hi and welcome to the Forum. :)

At the top of the page is a link to our "Discover" section; if you select that, one of the options is our "The Netherlands Guide"; this contains many articles written to help you plan your journey.

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

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

Hello All,

I am Aditya Ghan, I live in India and I'm planning to move to the Netherlands this December along with my wife.

I'm really looking forward to my stay in the Netherlands!

Pleased meeting you all!

Hallo,

Im asaf from the Netherlands
I like to get to know other people with a different culture and background. I now live in Amsterdam but I have traveled a lot.   I like to help people who come to living here  that can be anything for example Dutch lessons ... or communication with agencies.


Greeting,

Asaf

Hi all!.

Newbie here. I'm Ed from Philippines but currently working in Singapore. I'm thinking Netherlands to be my next destination. Hope I can get some information from this group.

Regards.

Hi I was born in the Netherlands in 1944, emigrated to South Africa in 1948.Would like to return to the Netherlands. I have duel citizenship so I know I can return anytime. Can I get any support re housing or health care.I can support myself financially for a few years but is there any chance of support later. Thanks Ada

Hi and welcome to the Forum.

You're a Dutch citizen returning to live in the Netherlands, so normal expat rules don't apply to you.  My advice to you is to contact the Sociale Verzekeringsbank and ask there; this link will take you to their website; they also have a kind of FAQ contact page at this link.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

Hi,

I hope you all are keeping well.

I am currently studying in Nottingham, England. I will be attending a conference at RAI Amsterdam this Thursday (15 Nov) until Monday (19 Nov 2018).

I was thinking to visit Giethoorn but I have no idea how to get there. Also, I’m looking for a friend to go there as I’m travelling alone.

Suggestion/recommendation is highly appreciated.

Kind regards,
Ross

Hi All. My name is Leo.
I am a attorney in South Africa with a Law degree and a Business Management degree and 5 years working experience.
I am looking to relocate to the Netherlands, and I'm in need of a job. I can speak, read and write Afrikaans and English fluently, and can read an understand Dutch on a decent level.

Any assistance in my job search would by greatly appreciated!!

Leeu11 :

Hi All. My name is Leo.
I am a attorney in South Africa with a Law degree and a Business Management degree and 5 years working experience.
I am looking to relocate to the Netherlands, and I'm in need of a job. I can speak, read and write Afrikaans and English fluently, and can read an understand Dutch on a decent level.

Any assistance in my job search would by greatly appreciated!!

Hi Leo and welcome to the Forum.

You have 2 options really; either somebody employs you as a "highly-skilled migrant", which means they do the majority of the legwork in getting your visa; or you go through the Dutch integration (MVV) system, find your own job etc.

At this stage, I'd recommend you check out our Netherlands Guide (top of the webpage on the left, is a link to our Discover section, it's in there).  Once you've read that, I'd then go to the Dutch Government (IND) website which has all the details on the different visas open to you; this link will take you there.

A few general points regarding job searching:

If you can go the highly skilled route, it is much easier.  If you can't, unless you have some key skill that people are crying out for and they can't recruit locally, then long-range job searching is generally pretty ineffective; the moment they realise you can't start work tomorrow, or can't speak Dutch, they lose interest very quickly; the same applies to speculative CV's.  So you need to network, my daughter just found her next job in Holland by using LinkedIn (yeah, surprised me as well).  Other places you can try are the multi-nationals based in Holland where English is the working language; Google will be your friend to find those.

If you are thinking of working in the legal profession, then you'll need to have your qualifications recognised; the Dutch Government have an organisation called NUFFIC who can help you with that; this link will take you to their website.

Languages - I suspect your Dutch is pretty similar to my Afrikaans, you can understand much of it and haven't tried to speak it very much.  Afrikaans is based on English, Dutch, German and African tribal languages as they spoke them 200 years ago and it hasn't developed much since then.  Nobody in Holland speaks it except other South African expats; that said, most Dutch people should be able to understand you, it will be your accent that will make it hard to understand you.  Anyway, if you want a decent job, it's very important to learn Dutch.

One last point at this stage; you should realise that all work-based visas are by definition temporary, they do not automatically guarantee permanent residence in any country.  Holland does have a scheme by which you can apply for permanent residence once you are there and working, but there is no guarantee you'll get it.

After you've read our guide and checked out the IND website, If you have any further specific questions, please come back to us.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

Hello to everybody,

My name is Anthony, I am a 32 years old Belgian who will be coming to live in Amsterdam as of end of January 2019.

I am joining Amsterdam following a new professional challenge which I will start February 1st.

I do speak English and French. I have some basis of Dutch which I learned for many years but have never practiced unfortunately.

To start with, I'd like to find help getting to know anything I need to be properly setup in Amsterdam. I am pretty sure that surfing on the website will help me but I don't mind being guided.

What I'd like to achieve relatively quickly is to find a place to stay and to know what could be the best (my job is located 1.5km away from Central Station and I feel like I don't especially want to be too far from there)

In the short term, if I can find a team of people playing football, indoor football, or runners, or a good gym to go to that'd be great :)

Please do not hesitate to add me as a contact, as I'd like to know people as quick as possible to make sure the integration is as smooth as possible.

Looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible :D

Anthony

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