Expatcenter extends opening hours during the busy summer period

The Expatcenter extended its opening hours in August, and will continue to do so until the end of September. This year we have already received 25% more visiting clients compared to the same period in 2013. Due to this increase in appointments, we have revised our opening hours during the especially busy period of August and September, making it possible to schedule appointments from 08:30 (instead of 09:00). An additional service desk will also be open on a number of days. The Expatcenter is doing its utmost to make it possible for clients to plan an appointment at the most desirable time. We would like to apologise for any occasions when that has not been possible.

India desk at Amstelland Hospital

Indian expats seeking medical advice and guidance can now refer to the Amstelland Hospital’s new medical service desk geared specifically towards their needs.
The Indian community is the fastest-growing international business community in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, totalling more than 6,000 Indian expats. Combined with a large base of immigrants of Indian origins, it’s of little surprise that Indian expats can easily feel at home in the region. To further aid the process of settling in, on 1 July 2014 the Amstelland Hospital opened the new digital India Desk to assist Indian expats with medical questions and provide advice about the culture, rules and regulations in Dutch healthcare. Read more.

EU citizens’ compulsory registration with IND now officially abolished

It is no longer possible for EU citizens to receive a sticker in their passport to prove residence in the Netherlands. Since January, the Expatcenter has not offered a combined procedure for EU nationals, but did have the option to place a residence sticker into a passport if expressly requested by a client.Read more on the IND website (in Dutch only).

Revised times of TB-screening clinics for Expatcenter clients

For immigrants required to undergo tuberculosis screening, the Tuberculosis Department of the Municipal Health Service (GGD Amsterdam) offers the possibility to visit drop-in clinics every Monday and Tuesday between 13:00 and 15:00. Highly skilled migrants sent by the Expatcenter can also make use of a dedicated consultation hour on Thursdays. For the latter, please visitwww.gezond.amsterdam.nl/expats-tb and download the registration form (the completed form must be returned to [email protected]). The GGD tuberculosis examination is free of charge. The obligation to undergo the examination does not apply if you have the nationality of one of the following countries: the EU/EEA member states, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Suriname, United States of America, and Switzerland (including Liechtenstein).

The address of the Municipal Health Service (GGD) is:
Nieuwe Achtergracht 100
1000 CE Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 555 5240 (Mondays to Fridays, 08:30-17:00)

RSO for South and Central America now based in Washington D.C.

As of mid-2014, the consular cluster of the Regional Service Organisation (RSO) for South and Central America, operated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands, will be temporarily based at the consular cluster of the RSO for North America and the Caribbean. This RSO is situated in Washington D.C.
As such, please keep in mind that MVV applications for these regions must be sent to Washington D.C. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that this temporary change will not have an adverse effect on issuing times (in comparison with those applications previously handled by the RSO in Santiago, Chile).

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Validity of international driving licences

If you intend to drive a car in the Netherlands, you will need to pay close attention to the rules pertaining to driving licences. If you plan to remain in the country for an extended period, you may need to exchange your current licence for a Dutch one. Please note, this must be done before your current licence expires. Read more about the conditions for exchange and the procedure on www.iamsterdam.com.

Culture and events

Red Cross Gala: From Amsterdam for Amsterdam, 28 September
The biannual Red Cross Gala will take place in close collaboration with Amsterdam’s luxury hotels. The gala will be held at the beautiful Royal Concertgebouw with food provided by all of the city’s Michelin-starred chef’s (with a total of nine Michelin stars!) and entertainment from stars such as Diane Birch, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Berget Lewis and Liesbeth List. 

But, more importantly, it is an evening to reflect on the position of those who are in need close to home. The theme of the evening is: From Amsterdam for Amsterdam. In Amsterdam alone, a staggering 16% of all citizens live below the poverty line. This translates to 130,000 people, including children. Poverty has several consequences. One of the most severe is social exclusion, which can lead to several psychological, physical and social problems.

Red Cross Amsterdam helps those in need via various projects, such as ‘Together in Amsterdam’ (‘Samen in Amsterdam’) and by training those who are living below the poverty line to become self-supportive. To run such projects the Red Cross requires your support. By taking part in the Gala, by buying a table or a seat, you can directly raise money for this cause. What’s in it for you? World-class dining, superb entertainment, networking opportunities with fellow companies and treating your partners to a wonderful evening.

If you are interested in attending the Gala or would like to learn more about the sponsor packages, please do not hesitate to contact the Red Cross Amsterdam by emailing [email protected]
For more information, visit the website (in Dutch only).

DRONGO Festival 2014: Multilingualism for all, 27 September
The DRONGO Festival is a unique linguistic gathering, not simply because its focus is on many languages rather than just one, but also because the festival is open to all ages. Its appeal stretches from language enthusiasts to professionals and policy makers, plus children and parents from multilingual homes. 

This year’s theme is ‘Languages for your future’ and you can discover a packed programme that includes a multilingual information market, read-aloud sessions, crash courses on different languages, workshops, language labs, play tables, lectures, help desks, a networking café, seminars for interpreters and translators, and a dedicated programme for children (also for English-speaking kids). The festival will also mark the opening of a Dutch branch of the international research network Bilingualism Matters. 

For more information, visit the website.

John Adams Institute: Francis Fukuyama - Political Order and Political Decay, 26 September
Francis Fukuyama, the renowned professor of political science and author, returns to the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam. Three years ago he came to talk about his book The Origins of Political Order (2011), in which he explained why some societies successfully evolved into fully formed states, while others remain largely governed by tribalism. Now he will discuss its sequel, Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy, which will be published in October. This book sees Fukuyama trace mankind’s emergence as a political animal and the development of state, law and democracy in the wake of the French and American revolutions. He examines the modern political landscape with its uneasy tension between dictatorships and liberal democracies. A quarter of a century ago, in his book The End of History (1989), he predicted the triumph of liberal democracy, but now he comes to the conclusion that in the United States, as well as in other developed democracies, unmistakable signs of decay have emerged. 

For more information and tickets, visit the website.

ONVZ Lunch seminar: ‘How to keep your international talent on board’, 9 October
While Amsterdam's multinational companies are certainly attractive to highly skilled migrants taking the next step in their international career, the city undoubtedly faces stiff competition from other (foreign) locations. As our businesses need these international talents in order to deliver world-class performance, it is all the more important to know what drives them and how to align service offerings with what they need and want.

Where formerly a high salary was enough to attract and retain talented staff, other factors increasingly play a decisive role. For example: good healthcare, excellent international schools and career opportunities for partners. Yet such factors lie largely outside the control of individual companies.

How do you achieve a maximum return on your investment when it comes to recruiting highly skilled migrants? How do you prevent them from pursuing their career elsewhere after a short period because their – or their partner’s – expectations cannot be met? And are you investing in the right solutions and attention?

Meet with specialists from the International Community Platform and www.check-nl.com on Thursday, 9 October 2014 during this dedicated lunch seminar.

12:00-12:45 – Arrival of participants
12:45-13:45 – Presentations followed by group discussion
13:45 – Coffee and networking

Restaurant NINE, Arnold Schonberglaan 9, 1082 MJ Amsterdam

To attend please register here. You are welcome to bring a colleague or guest. After submitting your details you will receive confirmation of your participation.

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