Prepare your move to the Amsterdam Area

Get set for a new start in Amsterdam Area: read on for relocation tips and find out about employment, housing, international schools and more.

Relocating to the Amsterdam Area

Moving to a new city is always an exciting step, and if that city is in a new country it makes it even more adventurous. But Amsterdam makes it easy for newcomers to settle in: a cosmopolitan spirit, rich cultural life and large international community come combined with a compact size to make getting around a breeze. But before you settle in, find out what to consider when preparing for the big move. Find tips on housing, employment, the education system, official matters and more.

Moving to the Amsterdam Area in 10 easy steps

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Follow our handy guide to getting started in the Netherlands in just 10 easy steps.

30% tax ruling

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Get to know the benefits of the 30% reimbursement ruling for highly skilled migrants and see if the tax advantage applies to you.

Citizen registration in the Amsterdam Area

Register a short or long stay in Amsterdam with the municipality and receive your citizen service number.

Visa requirements

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Get to know the visa requirements for your stay in the Netherlands.

Residence permit

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

Highly skilled migrants

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You need a residence permit to work as a highly skilled migrant in the Netherlands. Learn more about the conditions and the application procedure.

Bringing a pet

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Find out all you need to know about taking your pet along on the move to Amsterdam, from relocation to pet passports and vaccinations.

Expat resources

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Delve into these essential resources for living, working and playing in Amsterdam.

Importing your car

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Cars and motorcycles may be imported to and exported from the Netherlands. Read the rules and regulations to prepare.