Expatcenter's 6th birthday & 30,000th client!

On 17 June 2014, the Expatcenter celebrated its sixth birthday. The Expatcenter opened its doors on this date in 2008 and has been working ever since to make it easier for highly skilled migrants to live and work in the Amsterdam Area.

The Expatcenter’s sixth birthday celebrations coincided with the 30,000th highly skilled migrant client to use our services – specifically, a new arrival from the UK arriving in Amsterdam to work at Over the past six years, more than 800 companies have utilised our services to process residence permits and to aid the registration of foreign employees. All in, we help approximately 500 expats per month, including many from the likes of India, the United States and the UK. Read more.

Amsterdam’s new City Councillors

We are very pleased to introduce Amsterdam’s new Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs, Art and Culture: Kajsa Ollongren (D66). This role within Amsterdam’s City Council also sees her representing the Expatcenter. Kajsa Ollongren has more than 20 years of experience in Dutch politics, including working for a number of different ministries in The Hague. Her previous role was as Secretary General at the Ministry of General Affairs. She was the chairperson of the weekly consultation between the Secretary Generals, Coordinator of Intelligence & Security and the Prime Minister. She lives in Amsterdam, is married and has two children.

Udo Kock (D66), an economist and diplomat with the IMF, has been announced as Deputy Mayor for Finance. Simone Kukenheim (D66) will handle the portfolios of Education and Youth Affairs. Until recently she held the position of the District Director of Amsterdam Zuid. Abdeluheb Choho (D66), the Marketing Director of a software company, is responsible for Public and Green Spaces, Climate and Energy. Laurens Ivens, the leader of the SP in Amsterdam, is responsible for Building and Housing. While fellow SP politician Arjan Vliegenthart is responsible for Work, Income and Poverty. Eric van der Burg, leader of the VVD party in Amsterdam, retains his previous role within the City Council and is responsible for Health and Welfare, Spatial Planning and Sports. Pieter Litjens (VVD), the former Mayor of Aalsmeer, is responsible for Traffic and Transport. The councillors will also share responsibility for Amsterdam’s seven City Districts. Read more.

How to deregister when leaving the Netherlands

People are required by law to deregister when leaving the Netherlands (based on article 2.43 of the Wet Basisregistratie Personen). It is possible to deregister by post, by completing and sending a signed declaration form along with a copy of a valid identification document (passport, driving licence or official identity card) to the Department of Civil Affairs of your local municipality.

However, deregistation must be handled in person if:
1. the person is moving abroad but has family members that will remain in residence at their present (registered) address.
2. a declaration of departure is required for departing family members but the person will remain registered in Amsterdam at their present address.

In such situations, you are required by law to complete the declaration at the Department of Civil Affairs of your local City District or municipality. Minors (children) are also required to appear in person.

Deregistration can only be completed by post or online in situations where no one will continue to live at the present address. In such cases, it is permissible for a family member (such as the father) to complete the declaration, notifying that the entire family will leave the Netherlands.

If a confirmation of deregistration is required, the Expatcenter advises you to visit the Department of Civil Affairs of your local municipality in person. The Department of Civil Affairs has walk-in hours during which this can be arranged – although there may be a waiting time. If desired, you can also make an appointment in advance.

Put your company on on the map for international talent!

On 6 June 2014, the Amsterdam Economic Board – along with the Expatcenter – launched a new section on the portal that provides valuable information for expats on working and employment in the Amsterdam Area. Highlights include an overview of current international job vacancies, as well as international companies operating in the region, innovative projects and events. 

The newly-created section is the first step in the 'Amsterdam Works' programme, which aims to attract and retain international talent in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. If your company is located in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and is interested in working with or attracting international talent, please take a moment to register your details on the international employer map found at (registration is free of charge). 

For more information about the Amsterdam Works programme, please contact Karoline Moors, Amsterdam Works Programme Manager by emailing [email protected].

IND launches corporate Twitter account @IND_NL

The IND has announced the launch of a pilot test with a corporate Twitter account: @IND_NL. The IND is working to more effectively inform both its clients and the general public about its services and corporate information. Because the pilot test has just started, the IND will limit its tweets to information about the latest IND news and services. During this phase, the IND will not respond to questions about personal dossiers, general questions or complaints. It is also not possible to submit any types of application via @IND_NL. Follow the IND on Twitter.

Highlight: Tax

How to apply for 30% ruling via the Expatcenter

The Expatcenter officially cooperates with the Dutch Tax Office (Belastingdienst) in regards to the 30% ruling. Since 2011, applications for the 30% ruling can be made as part of the Expatcenter application. The application can be submitted during the appointment at the Expatcenter. This additional service is available for EU citizens and highly skilled migrants employed by companies with an official sponsor status from the IND.

English language forms for the 30% ruling

Companies that wish to make use of this service must use the specific request forms, completed by both the employer and the expatriate employee. These completed forms, along with all required documents, must be sent to the Expatcenter (indicating ‘Application 30% ruling’ on the envelope). 
Download the Expatcenter application form for the 30% ruling.

The Expatcenter team wishes you a fantastic summer!

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