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Americans living in the Netherlands

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in The Netherlands.

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Americans living in the Netherlands

Post Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:14 am

Anybody from the USA living there? How do you like it? How do you go about getting a Visa or can you? Im 40 plus a little, single, no Children, looking for a country where people have freedom & RESPECT! and dont have to work your life away to pay a 8 Trillion Dollar Defficet, plus slave to make the Rich Richer like the US. I dont want to "have to" learn another language, at this point, although Ill work on it.
Any info from Expat's or Native's would be appreciated.
Thanks
Phil

 

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Re: Americans living in the Netherlands

Post Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:28 pm

Hi Phil,
I am an American living here in the Netherlands. I have been here almost 3 years and moved here to be with my dutch partner. With all the new immigration rules and regulations, you will need to look at this site..www.ind.nl. It will give you all the information you need to find out if you can move here. It isn't as easy as just making a move. You have to show adequate income and the continuing of that income, and because of all the new laws, you will be forced to take an inburgering course which is required. It does teach you the language and I think it last for something like 600 hours. Housing is much more expensive here than in the U.S. and also you must show proof of health insurance before you can file for a resident's permit. The IND site will give you a lot of information.

Martha

 

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Re: Americans living in the Netherlands

Post Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 2:04 am

Hi Martha
Thanks for the info. Seems alot to do, 600hours!!! Yike! Hows it broken down? Days/hours per week????? Ya have to do it all at once???
At this age (45) might be to late (like they say in the US "cant teach an old dog new tricks"). Good luck in the Netherlands. Maybe one day Ill take a Vacation there and check it out.

 

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Re: Americans living in the Netherlands

Post Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:53 am

Phil,
Yes it is broken down into something like "semesters". You are required to go 4 days a week or 2 nights a week, I believe. It is now mandatory for all immigrants to the Netherlands from the U.S. although most Dutch do speak English and you can maneuver around without speaking Dutch, but of course, it does help a lot. I have a Dutch partner, so I rely on him to translate lol.

 

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Re: Americans living in the Netherlands

Post Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:26 pm

Hi Phil,

There is also a friendly Expat group on Yahoo you may want to try to make new friends and get info:

groups.yahoo.com/group...tup_Group/

 

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