Immigrate to Amsterdam. Things to know before moving to Amsterdam

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THE BASICS

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As a European business hub with a vibrant expat community, it’s no wonder that Amsterdam attracts so many people from all over the world. Future expats choose to move to Amsterdam because of the advanced social amenities, infrastructure and employment opportunities on a wide variety of industries. Check the things to know before moving to Amsterdam and basic facts about living in the Netherlands as an expat:
Location:
Netherlands
Timezone
UTC +2
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Population
821,752
Official Language
Dutch
Dialling code
+31
Emergency number
112
Driving
On the right side

BEFORE MOVING

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Visa regulations when moving to Amsterdam, Netherlands

When you are moving to Amsterdam from the USA, EU, EEA or Switzerland, there are no visa requirements for staying up to 90 days in the Netherlands. To stay for a longer period, you must register with the local municipality.

Citizens from other countries need to obtain a visa and work permit for living and working in Amsterdam or any other city in the country.

Some of the visa types for the Netherlands are:

Business visa – when you need to move to Amsterdam for up to three months for business purposes.

Student visa – when you relocate to Amsterdam for study, training or research.

Long-stay visa – if you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days. This is also called an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV).

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Long-term rentals and property in Amsterdam

Whether you plan to buy a property in Amsterdam or prefer a long-term rental, it is better to find a place in advance.

If you are moving to Amsterdam as a student and plan to rent a one-room apartment, the prices will start from €1200 a month. When immigrating to Amsterdam with family, a three-bedroom apartment will cost around €2000 per month.

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LIVING IN AMSTERDAM

The cost of living in Amsterdam

The cost of living in Amsterdam is high, but so are the salaries. The utilities will cost you around €170 per month, public transport from €40 to €100 per month.

On average, the monthly cost of living in Amsterdam for a single person is around €1100. The cost of living for a family of three starts from €3500 per month (without rent).

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The job market in Amsterdam: how to find a job in Amsterdam?

Most of the job opportunities in Amsterdam are for professionals in science, engineering healthcare, business and teaching, as well as service and sales workers. If you are relocating to Amsterdam for an employment reason, it won’t be too difficult to find a job in Amsterdam as a foreigner.

It is even possible to find a low qualified English-speaking job in Amsterdam without speaking Dutch. The average salary in Amsterdam is €2800 per month.


Schools and education in Amsterdam

When you plan to live in Amsterdam with kids, consider that most primary schools still teach in Dutch, but there are some bilingual primary schools. At these schools, children are taught in English for 30% to 50% of the day. Still, the school-leaving exams at the end of secondary school are in Dutch.

Many private and international schools in Amsterdam follow foreign curricula. However, these schools have usually a waiting list that can stretch to two or even four years.

Pre-school education
Age: 1-4
Compulsory: No
Elementary school
Age: 5-12
Compulsory: Yes
Secondary school
Age: 12-16
Compulsory: Yes

Healthcare system in Amsterdam

With a healthcare system credited as one of the best in the world, expats will find excellent healthcare facilities and highly skilled medical professionals in Amsterdam.

Expats living and working in Amsterdam are usually required to take out private healthcare insurance. Basic healthcare insurance in Amsterdam is available for approximately €110 per month.


Driving in Amsterdam. Should I get a Dutch driving licence?

Citizens from the EU countries, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland can drive with their local driving licence for as long as it is valid.

Citizens from Non-EU countries can drive up to 6 months with their local driving documents. After that, they need to apply for a Dutch driving licence.

Amsterdam is a city of cyclists. Therefore, you should know that cyclists have the right of way over cars. Pay extra attention when driving in Amsterdam near a bicycle road.

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What else to expect when living in Amsterdam as an expat

Immigrants moving to Amsterdam allocate the following aspects of living there:

  • When relocating to Amsterdam, you can forget about using credit cards there. You will have to use the local payment system known as IDEAL, which is powered by Maestro.
  • Cannabis isn’t legal in the Netherlands (but decriminalised for personal use). Coffeeshops are not technically legal, but they are granted permits to trade weed.
  • Many Dutch houses are in a basement or on a ground floor, and people don’t tend to put curtains or blinds in their windows. If you like privacy, you’re going to find it strange that anyone can casually peak into someone’s house.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

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