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Questions about Moving to Netherlands

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Questions about Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Fri Aug 26, 2005 11:40 pm

Hello Everyone my name is Nisha am American living in Boston, Massachusetts. I plan on moving to the Netherlands in July 2005 and just wanted to ask some questions regarding moving and the process etc.. I really do appreciate your input and answers.........

Questions

1. When I arrive in Holland I will register at the town hall and apply for a residency permit for me and my 9 year old son. I notice that I can only stay in Holland for 3 months with my passport and obtaining a permit takes up to 6 months. Do you recieve an extension of stay while your application is being Processed?

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Can I sign up my son to attend Dutch schools even if I do not have my recidency permit yet?

3. I probably wont search for a job before I come to the Netherlands I wanted to wait until I recieve my residency permit. Could I apply for a work permit after or during the time I apply for a residency permit or do I have to look for a job and hope and employer will apply for me? or does it Matter?

4.
I will be moving some of my belongings computer, clothes, pictures, I doubt I will bring any of my furniture. I just wanted to know what some of you guys paid to move your belongings to Holland.



That is all the questions I have at the moment. Thank you VERY MUCH for your help and I hope to be chatting more on this forum.

Nisha Lightfoot
nishaboston @ hotmail.com

 

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Re: Questions about Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2005 5:08 pm

Are you moving here to live with a Dutch partner?

I ask because I don't think you can just show up and apply for jobs. The employers have to prove that there is no Dutch person that can do that job before they can even apply for a work permit for you.

Check out www.ind.nl...the English section isn't chock full of information, but it does have a method of determining whether and how you can apply for residency, paperwork you need, etc.

Just keep in mind that all the immigration rules and regulations are in place to discourage you from coming here. Nothing personal, just the way things are now.


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Re: Questions about Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 4:38 pm

Hi Nisha,
As to the permit situation, it will take up to 9 months to get a resident's permit here but it is no problem to stay here until that permit is granted.
I came back and forth from Holland to the U.S. without a permit with no problem. Unless you speak fluent Dutch, your chances of getting a job, especially without a permit are slim to none. You are eligible to work when you do receive your permit.
As to moving things here, I started sending my personal things by regular post office. There are certain size requirements but other than that, it is the cheapest way to send anything. It does take about 8 weeks to receive it here so I would start sending things long before you plan to arrive if you need those things when you get here.
Any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Martha

 

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Re: Questions about Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:31 am

Hi Martha:
I must say you are very helpful. So when I recieve my recidence permit I can go ahead and apply for a working permit or can you do that at the same time?

 

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Re: Questions about Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:43 am

As I understand it, when you get your resident's permit, then a work permit is automatic when you are hired in a position. I don't think you have to apply for it, or that is done by your employee as long as you have the permit.

Martha

 

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Re: Questions about Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:33 am

Ahhhh nishaboston ... I don't know what tram you are on but .... you cannot just pick up, move to Holland, get a Residence Permit ... and a work permit.

And andmartha does you a great disservice by encouraging you with this bad information.

As Polyhymnia tried to tell you - this cannot be done.

Obviously and martha is being sponsored by a Dutch guy and that's why she can get her 'papers' - but if you are on your own .... the only way you can live here legally is if you have a company sponsor you as a 'scare resource' and get you a work permit.

Other ways are being a student here or opening your own business.

THAT'S IT.

I really hope you read this post before you pack up with your child and move here .. as you will surely be in for a ride awakening.

Believe me when I tell you ZILLIONS of Americans are trying to move here are struggling with these same issues.

 

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Re: Questions about Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:46 am

Well, of course, Nisha can answer for herself, but I would never encourage ANYONE to just pick up and move to Holland or anywhere else. I have corresponded with her privately and she is being sponsored by someone so that IS the reason she would be moving here.

 

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