Streamlined procedures for expats in Amsterdam

The Expatcenter provides a one-stop-shop service for international companies and their highly skilled migrant employees. The Expatcenter is a joint initiative of the cities of Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Almere, Diemen, Haarlem, Hilversum, Haarlemmermeer and Velsen, along with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and the Tax Office.

All companies based in Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Almere, Diemen, Haarlem, Hilversum, Haarlemmermeer and Velsen who are official sponsors or recognised partners of the IND can make use of the Expatcenter’s streamlined procedures. Further information on the procedure of highly skilled migrants can be found on the IND website.

Expatcenter’s improved services

The Amsterdam Expatcenter was the first of its kind in the Netherlands, and was created to better meet the needs of international companies in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Since its opening in 2008, the Expatcenter has proved to be very successful with hundreds of international companies making use of the streamlined procedures and more than 45,000 expats (as of January 2016) have visited the office at the WTC for registration.

The collective efforts have paid off; in a 2015 survey, companies ranked the Expatcenter and the services it provides at 8.6 out of 10. This is a notable improvement from the 5 out of 10 ranking given to the former procedure.

Simplified process for registration, residence permits and BSN

Via the Expatcenter procedure employers are allowed to initiate the registration for a residence permit prior to their new employee’s arrival in the country. This allows highly skilled migrants (and their family members) to complete several important formalities in a single visit to the Expatcenter.

Expats are able, in one appointment, to collect their residence permit and simultaneously complete the necessary registration with their municipality. As a result, they will also receive their citizen service number (CSN), allowing them to open a Dutch bank account, amongst other things. An early IND approval (in the form of a sticker) is available for companies who would like their expat employees to start working within two weeks after initiating the application with the IND. As of 2011, applications for the 30% ruling can also be made via the Expatcenter.

The Expatcenter also provides services for EU citizens. EU citizens working for a company which has the official sponsor status with the IND can visit the Expatcenter for their municipal registration. EU citizens should also register with the IND, stating the purpose of their stay. The registration which occurs by means of a sticker can also be provided at the Expatcenter. For more information on the IND registration of EU citizens please see the brochure here.

For more detailed information on the Expatcenter services please see: the Expatcenter Procedure and How to Apply.

Expat expert advice, information and resources

Expatriates living in Amsterdam can now visit the Expatcenter for help with other expat-related issues. Expatcenter staff are ready and able to answer questions, provide information and offer advice on a wide range of topics. Furthermore, a wealth of information is available throughout the Local section of this website. The Expatcenter’s Partnership Programme also connects expats with local expat-related service providers in the Amsterdam Area and provides a full list of the Expatcenter’s trusted partners.

Please see Contact Us for the Expatcenter’s contact details as well as a detailed route description to our office.