The following corporate newsletter was published in October 2013 by the Expatcenter Amsterdam. Subscribe to the Expatcenter's Corporate/HR newsletter.


The Expatcenter extends operations into the media city of Hilversum

As of 3 October 2013, highly skilled migrants located in Hilversum are able to benefit from the range of services offered by the Expatcenter Amsterdam Area. Carolien Gehrels and Jan Rensen, Alderpersons for Economic Affairs in Amsterdam and Hilversum respectively, signed the collaborative agreement between the Expatcenter Amsterdam Area and the City of Hilversum. This agreement represents a significant new step towards extending the regional provision of Expatcenter services to international companies and in doing so, further strengthening the business climate. Several major Expatcenter clients have offices in Hilversum, such as creative agency MediaMonks, but up until now knowledge migrants living in the city were not able to register through the Expatcenter. The new agreement makes this possible, as Hilversum joins the ranks of Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Haarlemmermeer and Almere.

Personal public service number available for short-term assignments

We are delighted to announce that as of 1 January 2014, highly skilled migrants on a short-term assignment can register to receive a personal public service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN) directly via the Expatcenter. With this agreement, the Expatcenter joins a list of 20 offices in the Netherlands through which the BSN registration is possible. The service fee for a BSN registration via the Expatcenter will be €50. This new national ruling will take effect as of 9 December 2013.

A short-term assignment is regarded as entailing a stay of less than four months in the Netherlands. For stays of four months or more, the new legislation regarding the registration of personal information (basisregistratie personen, BRP) applies.

International Talent Acquisition – Using ‘Amsterdam’ as a brand

The Amsterdam Economic Board is inviting partners who are searching for international IT talent to contribute to the new project: International Talent Acquisition. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is working hard to attract more international talent – particularly highly skilled migrants and students specialising in IT. By introducing specific skills and profiles lacking in the region, local businesses can expand more actively, while a strong international talent pool also attracts increased international investment. As such, international talent is recognised to be a bridge to the global economy. ‘Amsterdam’ is a strong brand that can be used to target and attract new talent from abroad. When used effectively, this brand can also contribute to a ‘soft landing’ upon arrival in the city, and in captivating and triggering international candidates in such a way that they will want to live and work in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

The Amsterdam Economic Board recently hired Karoline Moors as Project Manager for International Talent Acquisition. She has a great deal of experience in the field of international recruitment and in her previous role with ManpowerGroup, she established a worldwide international recruitment concept known as ‘Borderless Talent Solutions’. Both the City of Amsterdam (Economic Affairs) and the Expatcenter are key stakeholders in the ITA project. If your company is looking for international IT talent and interested in using the ‘Amsterdam’ brand as a tool in the recruitment process, please contact Karoline Moors at [email protected] or by telephone at +31 (0)6-1398 9005.

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Expatica’s ‘I am not a tourist’ Fair 2013, 3 November 2013

On 3 November, be sure to make it to the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam for Expatica’s ‘I am not a tourist’ Fair. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the biggest event for internationals living, working and studying in the Netherlands. Are you new to the Netherlands? The event brings together more than 100 exhibitors specialising in expat life. Do you already feel at home in the Netherlands? Then come along for the fun workshops, useful seminars, live entertainment and networking sessions, or simply to meet thousands of like-minded expats. Whether you’ve lived here for days, months or years, you won’t regret attending!

For more information and free tickets, visit

The Women’s Conference Europe 2013, 15 November 2013

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
From 08:30 to 18:00

Decision makers and top professionals from business, politics and interest groups will come together for lively discussions during the second edition of The Women's Conference Europe on Friday, 15 November 2013. The focus will be on effectively utilising female talent as a solution for contemporary challenges, while the sub-theme is ‘Breaking the Status Quo’.

The conference is divided into four topics: making the difference through feminine leadership; creating access to finance for Small and Medium Enterprises; the need for growing corporate responsibility; innovate and accelerate. Throughout the day there will be interesting speakers, panel discussions and plenty of audience discussion. For more information and to order tickets, see

Mini Event ‘Working in the Netherlands’, 19 November 2013

The upcoming Mini Event organised by the Expatcenter will deal with the topic of ‘Working in the Netherlands’. This specialist seminar for expats will cover subjects such as work culture, tax and applying for a job in the Netherlands.

Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Time: 18:00-19:30, followed by drinks/snacks and networking until 20:15
Location: WTC Amsterdam, Tower D, 12th floor, Strawinskylaan 39, 1077 XW Amsterdam
Training courses via Expatise

  • Tuesday, 29 October: practical training course on the ‘30% ruling’: the State Secretary for Finance answers questions.
  • Tuesday, 12 November: practical training course ‘International Social Security’.
  • Monday, 18 and Tuesday, 19 November: masterclass ‘Far East: employing local and foreign staff in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia’.
  • 21 January 2014: start post-graduate professional education programme ‘International Mobility & Compliance’.

For more information about courses, please visit the Expatise website.

Expatcenter Procedures

Appointments for EU citizens

For those highly skilled migrants requiring an EU sticker in their passport, the IND now requires information about the person who is to receive the sticker prior to the appointment. This means that the Expatcenter can no longer plan appointments for EU citizens unless we first have this data. Our online appointment form has been modified accordingly. The following information is required:

  • Company name (take care to supply correct name, division, etc.)
  • Given name and family name
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Country of birth

Registration of home address

In situations where a highly skilled migrant already has a home address in the Netherlands, the Expatcenter must register the person at that address or refer to the municipality in question. Registration at the company’s address is not allowed in such cases. The Expatcenter can only register a highly skilled migrant at the company’s address if they do not yet have a home address. The Expatcenter can arrange municipal registration for Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Haarlemmermeer, Almere and Hilversum.

Join the Expatcenter’s Partnership Programme 2014

The Expatcenter Partnership Programme was created to connect expats in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area with relevant service providers operating in the expat market. Partner companies benefit from the exposure and advertising opportunities included in the basic membership package.

A membership fee is charged for the partnership term, in order to cover all operating costs. Read more about renewing or joining the Partnership Programme.