5 min readMoving To The Netherlands: Ultimate Guide

Guide to moving to Netherlands

If you are moving to the Netherlands then this ultimate guide will help you to not forgot some essential processes before moving to the Netherlands. Coming from a country of diverse culture, topography, climate, language, food, dress, religion, tradition and customs and relocating to a land of Windmills, bikes, orange colour, directness, coffee lover, tallest, dikes, historic museums, legal soft drugs, canals and much more. So this blog is all about Guide to Moving to the Netherlands as a Highly Skilled Migrant. This checklist is created from my personal experience and a little bit of research. So let’s dive into the checklist.

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Step 1: Find a Job

If you are planning to relocate to the Netherlands for Higher studies then you can skip to Step 3 directly. There are enormous job openings for software engineers, UI/UX designers, Business Analysts, Data Engineers, Consultants and DevOps. There are a number of websites where you can for a job like LinkedIn, Indeed.nl, monsterboard.nl. Also, keep in mind to check whether the company is recognized as a sponsor by IND(Immigration and Naturalisation Service). You can check that via this link.

Step 2: Salary Expectations

If your income is less than € 68.508 then the total tax on income will be around 37.10% and if your income is more significant than that then the total tax will be around 49.50%. If you are relocating as a highly-skilled migrant then you can avail the benefit of a 30% ruling. You can calculate your salary in detail on the thetax.nl they also have special inputs for 30% ruling in case if you are coming as a researcher or young ex-pat with a master’s degree.

Step 3: Essential Documents

Bring some essential documents with you; if you don’t have them, start generating them. Documents like

  • Birth Certificate(Required when registering yourself at the municipality)
  • Marriage certificate (If married)
  • Vaccine Certificate
  • Driving License
  • Passport

Birth certificate and Marriage certificate should be Apostilled if you are coming from a non-EU country.

Step 4: Apply for MVV Visa

Okay, so now you’re here and you intend to work and live a chill semi-Dutch life. To remain in the Netherlands for a period longer than 90 days (three months) you will need a “Long Stay Visa” or “Machtiging Voorlopig Verblijf” — for more information about this visa and your eligibility, click here.

When immigrating a long-stay visa is a good way of ensuring you have enough time to organize gainful employment and successfully crack the Dutch housing market.

The Single Permit (GVVA) was abbreviated for a reason, the Dutch translation is “gecombineerde vergunning voor verblijf en arbeid”, meaning combined permit for residence and work. It combines your residence permit and your TWV.

Either you or your employer will apply for the permit. In many situations, you don’t usually need to do it yourself. However, when you leave this job, your work permit is no longer valid. It’s on a job-by-job basis.

Work permits include:

  • Orientation year — for people who have a Master’s or PhD within three years, at a university in the top 150 worldwide. They can apply to find work in the Netherlands for a year.
  • Entrepreneur permit — for people who want to start their own business and must have personal experience with it and would add to the Dutch market.
  • Single permit — for workers and trainees of over three months.
  • Highly skilled migrant permits — for highly skilled workers that are needed. These people need to also be specialised, have a degree, passport, health insurance and work experience.

Step 5: Property to Live

The housing market in the Netherlands is pretty much overloaded. There are very less available houses as compared to the total number of people that are looking for them. So it’s better if you will look for a house before starting the process. The best tip to get a house in the Netherlands is don’t be choosy. Just pick whatever house you are getting and once you move here then you can choose another afterwards. There are numerous websites for it.

The average cost of a 1BHK house is around €1000.

Step 5: Travel Flights

For travel flights, one tip is if you are travelling abroad try to avoid the aggregator websites and use the official websites of the airline to check the price difference just use google flights. The advantage of booking directly through the airline website is if anything happens related to your journey you can complain directly to the airline else the airline will not help and keep on throwing the ball in the aggregator website’s court. I am using Qatar airways as it has been reliable in my past experience.


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