Official procedures

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

Practical tips 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. For official information from the city of Amsterdam, visit its website.   

Essentials for residents


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

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.

EU citizens living in the Netherlands

Delve into our guide to get answers to all the important questions for EU citizens living in the Netherlands.

30% tax ruling

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

Highly skilled migrants

Familiarise yourself on the Immigration and Naturalisation Service's entry procedure for highly skilled migrants.

Documents & certificates

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Learn the latest on document authentication, certificates, sworn statements and how to get an extract from the municipality.

Moving abroad (deregistration)

If you leave the Netherlands for eight months or more, you need to notify the municipality by completing the deregistration process.

Apply for Dutch citizenship

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Learn more about obtaining Dutch citizenship.

Residence permits

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Get informed on the work and residence permits you may require in order to work and live in the Netherlands.

IN Amsterdam

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Find out about Amsterdam's official one-stop shop for international companies, highly skilled migrants, entrepreneurs, graduates and more.