Live or work in the Netherlands for four months or less

The short stay registration procedure applies to people who will be resident in the Amsterdam Area or elsewhere in the Netherlands for no more than four months. For example, if you have a short-term employment contract, are a cross-border worker or are studying.

If you’re residing in the Netherlands for less than four months, you’re not required to officially register as a resident. However, if you plan to work, study or access services like healthcare, you’ll need a citizen service number (BSN). This is required for all official matters in the Netherlands, whether you were born in the Netherlands or have arrived from abroad. You’ll receive your BSN when you register for a short stay in the Netherlands and are entered in the Registry for Non-Residents (Registratie Niet Ingezetenen, RNI).

How to register for a short stay

Short stay migrants can only register in one the of participating municipalities in the Netherlands. The addresses are listed on the website. There are two possible locations in the Amsterdam Area:

If registering via IN Amsterdam, you will also be required to pay a service fee and must provide the following additional information:

  • A work contract (for all EU citizens)
  • A valid work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning, TWV) (for all non-EU citizens)

Applicants who do not provide all required identification will be unable to register.


  • While in the Netherlands you must always be able to show appropriate identification, such as a passport or national identification card.
  • Any change in your personal data must be communicated to your local registration facility. In doing so, appropriate documentation must be provided to reflect any change.

Are you staying in the Netherlands for more than four months?

If you’d like to stay in the Netherlands for longer than four months (or are re-registering after returning from abroad), it’s mandatory to complete the standard registration procedure. Read about the options for completing the standard registration procedure.