Short stay migrants in the Amsterdam Area

This article is designed to help short stay visitors that 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 a student, it is still necessary to be registered in the Registry for Non-Residents (Registratie Niet Ingezetenen, RNI). In doing so, you will receive your citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN), which is required for all official matters.

Anyone who wishes to work, study or be resident in the Netherlands for any other reason must make themselves known to the Dutch authorities. The BSN is mandatory for this action. As such, you must participate in registration at an approved facility. Short stay migrants can only register in one the of participating municipalities in the Netherlands (with two possible locations in Amsterdam). The addresses are listed on the website (in Dutch only)

Where in the Amsterdam Area can you register?

In Amsterdam there are two locations where short stay migrants can register:

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.

Citizen service number

The citizen service number (BSN) is a unique, personal number that is required for all governmental or official matters in the Netherlands. As well as being required to begin work, it is needed to open a bank account, make use of any healthcare (such as a doctor or hospital), or to apply for any benefits or allowance. Learn more about the BSN.


  • 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 plan to be present in Amsterdam Metropolitan Area for longer than four months (or you are re-registering after returning to the country), then you must complete the full registration procedure in the municipality in which you will be resident. It is mandatory to do so within five days of arriving in the country.