We can meet you at Schiphol airport arrivals and escort you to the location your employer has arranged for you.
Immigration service (IND) visit
We will come with you to collect your residency card soon as possible. We will check the document immediately, and in case of errors we will ask the Immigration Service (IND) to correct the document at their cost.
If there are other interviews that you need to have at the immigration services, we will schedule those on the same day and assist and translate as necessary.
At the City hall / council office
Van Lienden Relocation will asssist you at City hall and/or the expat centre. The main priority is to acquire your BSN number (Burgerservice nummer.) You need this number to get your salary and health insurance, and your employer uses it for his personnel registration system. In most cases, after registration of the relevant documents at the Gemeente ( council office ) you will get your BSN number immediately.
The BSN is also required for application of the 30% ruling. This ruling will reduce the amount of income tax and is a priority for most of our clients. Van Lienden Relocation can apply for the 30% ruling on your behalf.
Housing and living in the Netherlands
Van Lienden can guide and advise you regarding suitable housing. If you would prefer to do this yourself, we can help you with the process of defining realistic expectations for housing needs and give advice about finding suitable housing. We can also give you information about living in the Netherlands and advise regarding transport and mobility. We can arrange a ‘learn to cycle’ course. If you wish, we can find and look round selected accommodation with you, so that you can quickly find a suitable house or apartment where you will feel at home.
Education and Schooling
Water and energy at your new home
Van Lienden can provide language lessons at all levels. For extensive information go to the section on Language Training.
We can provide a book on ‘Rules of the road’ in the Netherlands. In our experience, particularly at first, you may have a high need for information about speed limits, parking regulations, and help with translation of road signs. This prevents accidental violation of Dutch traffic regulations, and helps you feel safe and at home on the roads in the Netherlands.
Driving Licence exchange
You can drive for a limited length of time on a foreign driving licence. This length of time depends on the country in which the licence was obtained. If necessary we can take care of the procedure for exchange to a Dutch driving licence.
In all cases we can inform you of the legal lifetime of any foreign driving licence in the Netherlands, so that this important exchange process can begin at an appropriate time.
We can inform you about the extensive public transport network of the Netherlands, also the ov-chipkaart, the ov-fiets and ns-taxi. We also recommend useful websites and apps. This will extend your mobility and flexibility .
Holland is the country of bicycles. Particularly in urban areas the bicycle is the transport of choice. Moreover, cycling contributes to that ‘at home in the Netherlands’ feeling.
We can help with the purchase of a bicycle and also provide access to cycle courses to suit your needs.
Once you are mobile on a bike you will need an understanding of traffic regulations in the Netherlands. If required we can provide a textbook detailing the Dutch rules of the road.
During the relocation process we can provide information about:
- Shop opening hours
- The museum pass system
- Useful websites and apps
- Food shopping and supermarkets
- Sports and fitness facilities
- Newspapers etc.