Moving to the Netherlands. How to Immigrate to Holland

Removals to the Netherlands. Things to know before moving to the Netherlands

Do you plan to immigrate to the Netherlands for work or study? Organising an international relocation is not something you have to do on your own. Eurosender is ready to provide you with the most cost-effective international removal services to the Netherlands. Moreover, we have prepared a comprehensive guide on how to relocate to the Netherlands. Explore the visa requirements, job opportunities, the cost to rent an apartment and other things you need to know before moving to the Netherlands.

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What to know when immigrating to the Netherlands

Many people relocate to Holland with their families for work, alone to study, or just to change their lifestyle. Before you consider moving to the Netherlands, there is a lot to find out about this tiny nation in the heart of Europe. Even though many people instantly think about cheese and tulips, the Netherlands has so much more to offer. Check some of the essential facts you need to know when moving to the Netherlands.
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Visa regulations for the Netherlands

When you are immigrating to the Netherlands from the US, Australia or Canada, there are no visa requirements for staying up to 90 days in the country. To stay for a longer period, you must obtain a visa.

Residents of the European Union and to nationals of Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland can stay in the Netherlands without a visa or residence permit for as long as they wish. After 4 months, they need to register in the local Personal Records Database (BRP).

Here are some of the visa types for living and working in the Netherland:

  • Business visa – when you are moving to the Netherlands for up to three months for business purposes.
  • Student visa – when you relocating to the Netherlands 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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Property and long-term rentals in the Netherlands

The cost to rent an apartment in the Netherland depends on the region or city. Thus, the most expensive rentals are in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

If you are a student moving to the Netherlands and plan to rent a one-bedroom apartment, the prices will start from €800 a month. When immigrating to the Netherlands with family, a three-bedroom apartment will cost around €1500 per month.

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The cost of living in the Netherlands

The cost of living in the Netherlands varies from city to city, with Amsterdam being one of the most expensive cities to live in. The basic utilities in the Netherlands will cost you around €170 per month and public transport from €40 to €100 per month.

On average, the monthly cost of living in the Netherland for a student is around €800-€1200. The cost of living for a family of three starts from €3000 per month (without rent).

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Job opportunities in the Netherlands: how to find work as an expat?

There are lots of opportunities for expats to work in the Netherlands. The country is home to a wide range of international and multinational companies, such as ING Group, Royal Dutch Shell Group, Unilever, Philips, and Heineken.

There are many jobs in the Netherlands for foreigners in agriculture and the food industry, creative industries, chemicals, energy, IT, health and life sciences, logistics and services.

The average monthly net salary in the Netherlands is just over €2,341 a month.

You don’t have to speak Dutch to work in Holland – in fact, English is the main business language in many companies, and there are many English-speaking jobs in the Netherlands.

Schools and education in the Netherlands

Education in the Netherlands is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. The teaching language is Dutch, but more and more schools and universities teach in English.

Many expats who immigrate to the Netherlands with children, prefer international or private schools with British curriculum and other special programs. Except for some private schools, most Dutch primary and secondary schools are free.

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

Healthcare system in the Netherlands: should I get private insurance?

The healthcare system of the Netherlands is universal, but the government requires all adults living or working in the Netherlands to have private basic insurance. Basic healthcare insurance in the Netherlands costs around €110 per month.

As many professionals in the Netherlands speak English, and many other languages, you’ll find that it easy to find an English-speaking doctor. Also, there are many private healthcare institutions in the Netherlands which are popular among expats.

Driving in the Netherlands. Should I get a Dutch driving licence?

Citizens from the EU countries, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland can drive in the Netherlands 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.

Check out some of the driving rules in the Netherlands:

  • 18 is the legal minimum age to drive a car.
  • It is compulsory to carry a driving licence, car registration papers and insurance documents in the car.
  • Drivers should pay particular attention to cyclists, who may ride too abreast.


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What else to expect when living in the Netherlands as an expat

Expats and immigrants who relocated to the Netherlands allocate the following aspects of living there:

  • Taxes are very high in the Netherlands, and many things are taxed.
  • The Dutch language is very difficult to learn. Therefore, reading and speaking Dutch might be a challenge. Fortunately, a lot of Dutch people speak English so you can always fall back on that.
  • There is a very big housing problem in the Netherlands. Therefore, it might be difficult to find a great house at a reasonable price.
  • The supermarkets are relatively cheap. You can get organic vegetables and fruits for an extra few cents.


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