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Official matters

Discover all of the essential practical information you’ll need in Amsterdam: registering, permits, visas and more.

Information & practical tips on living in Amsterdam

Amsterdam helpline: 14 020

English-speaking Amsterdammers have a handy number to call with their questions related to civic issues, as the 14 020 service, the City of Amsterdam'...

Expatcenter

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

Registration in Amsterdam

If you come to live in the Netherlands, you will have to register with the municipality (gemeente). Non-EU citizens also need to take care of residenc...

Highly skilled migrants

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

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. ...

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...

Financial matters

Learn all about essential financial matters related to life in Amsterdam. For example, get to grips with the different types of taxes and how to file ...

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...