Official procedures for moving to the Amsterdam Area

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

Residence permits

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Get informed on the work and residence permits you may need in order to work and live in the Netherlands including special procedures for EU citizens and highly skilled migrants.

Visa requirements

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Those visiting the Netherlands for a short period of time may need a visa. Here's how to apply.


Get information on registering with the municipality (gemeente) for a short or long stay in the Amsterdam Area.

Cars and driving licences

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Find out about the necessary procedures to get you on the road and ensure your existing licence is valid.

Apply for Dutch citizenship

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Learn more about obtaining Dutch citizenship.