Summer news from IN Amsterdam
Over the past year or two, summer has proved to be one of our busiest times, as we welcomed an increasing number of internationals to Amsterdam. This year, summertime is likely to be just as busy, but it also marks the start of our exciting transformation.
Since unveiling our new brand identity in May, changing from Expatcenter Amsterdam to IN Amsterdam, we have been settling smoothly into our fantastic new office at WTC Amsterdam. We're also working alongside amsterdam inbusiness and Metropoolregio Amsterdam and the extra space, out front and in the back, is allowing us to work in closer collaboration as we develop our services.
We wish you and your staff a wonderful summer and we look forward to welcoming you to our new IN Amsterdam office.
New international school to open in Amstelveen
Admissions are now open for a new international school in Amstelveen. Amity International School Amsterdam will open this September at the former Van Leer building on the Amsterdamseweg.
Initially formed as a primary school, it intends to expand into a secondary school and provide education for 500 students across all levels by 2021. The Amity school group is based in India and currently runs international schools in 25 countries around the world.
New IND office in The Hague replaces Rijswijk and Hoofddorp offices
The IND is closing two offices which will be replaced by a new office in The Hague. The IND office in Hoofddorp closed earlier this month while the office at Rijswijk will be closed as of 30 June. The new office, located at Rijnstraat 8 next to Den Haag Central Station opens on 4 July. The IND Desk Amsterdam (Stadhouderskade 85) remains unchanged.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro for War Child
If you have ever dreamed of climbing 5,892 metres to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, your efforts can go a long way towards helping children in war-torn countries. The Kili Challenge 2018 is an event organised by War Child, in which thrill-seeking adventurers take on the challenge and raise funds for an important cause. Prior to the climb, participants undertake a programme that includes a training weekend in the Belgian Ardennes.
IND forms available exclusively online
In a move towards improving its digital services, as of 1 June, the IND no longer supplies printed copies of application forms and brochures. Instead, forms and documents can be downloaded directly from the IND’s website. This ensures that clients will have direct access to the latest forms and information at all times.
You can also download a variety of official forms directly from the IN Amsterdam website, including the necessary paperwork for change of address, applying for the 30% ruling and registering a marriage.
Protect yourself from illness while overseas
If you have an exotic overseas holiday planned this summer (lucky you!), the Public Health Service of Amsterdam strongly recommends taking precautions against preventable illnesses. The agency has produced a ‘Fit for Travel’ brochure in English that details the recommended vaccinations and other medical advice for travellers. More information including the costs of vaccinations is available on the GGD website.
Be aware of scammers targeting international employees
The latest in a series of scams that target internationals in Amsterdam has seen fraudsters identify themselves as officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry is aware of several cases in which international employees received threatening phone calls in relation to an alleged breach of immigration regulations.
In these cases, the callers appear to be calling from the ministry’s general phone number and have access to immigration history and passport details. Please make your international employees aware of these scams and urge them to be extra cautious: only use contact details obtained directly from the website of the IND or Ministry of Foreign Affairs – never a phone number or email address given over the phone.
City Offices introduce extended opening hours
City Offices in Amsterdam have made it more convenient to access their services byremaining open until 20:00 on weekdays, rather than 18:00. The extended opening hours, in place since 12 June, are part of ongoing efforts to accommodate more appointments and reduce waiting times.
Amsterdam promotes entrepreneurship with new talent report
Amsterdam is taking steps towards making the city even more attractive to international talent, thanks to the recent ‘Warm Welcome for Talent’ report. The report, presented to deputy mayor Kajsa Ollongren during The Next Web tech conference, outlines several recommendations for encouraging foreign entrepreneurship. This report was released as part of the Warm Welcome for Talent City Deal, signed by Amsterdam along with The Hague, Eindhoven and Groningen. Download a summary of the report
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