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Official matters

Organise visas, permits, registration, driving licences and other essential procedures for becoming a new resident in Amsterdam.

Practical tips and processes for life in Amsterdam

As a local in Amsterdam, there are several procedures that you will need to take care of. Some of these, such as registration and setting up health insurance, are required of everyone. Here you will find a comprehensive guide to visas, permits, documentation and financial matters, along with special procedures in place for EU citizens and highly skilled migrants.  

Information & practical tips on living in Amsterdam

Call the Amsterdam helpline

Call the City of Amsterdam on 14 020 to speak to an English-speaking operator about civic issues like taxes, parking, marriage ceremonies and more.

Expatcenter

The Expatcenter provides a one-stop-shop service for international talent: companies and their highly skilled migrant employees, scientific researcher...

Register in Amsterdam

Register a short or long stay in Amsterdam with the municipality (gemeente), and receive your citizen service number (CSN).

Highly skilled migrants

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has developed the Expatcenter Procedure, an entry procedure specifically for highly skilled migrants ...

Residence permit

Depending on your nationality, you may require a residence and work permit if you want to live and work in Amsterdam or elsewhere in the Netherlands. ...

Citizen service number

Everyone in the Netherlands has a registration number: the citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, CSN). It's assigned to Dutch citizens at birth...

Documents & certificates

Find out the latest on document authentication, certificates (marriage, birth, death) sworn statements and how to get an extract from the municipality...

Amsterdam Visa requirements

The majority of foreign nationals wishing to stay in the Netherlands for up to three months require a short stay visa or Schengen visa (Schengenvisum)...

EU citizens

EU citizens relocating to another EU country have many unanswered questions: What are the rules on health insurance? Do I need to register? For inform...

Driving licence

If you intend to drive a car in the Netherlands, you will need to pay close attention to the rules pertaining to driving licences. If you plan to rema...

City government Amsterdam

The city's systems and policies are created and maintained through dualistic co-operation between the City Council and Mayor & College of Alderpersons...

Amsterdam city districts

Amsterdam is broken up into seven city districts (stadsdelen). An overview of each district, including its neighbourhoods (buurten), office (stadsloke...