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Moving to Netherlands

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

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Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 6:57 pm

Well I have some questions. I met someone who lives in the Netherlands. I am planning on moving there to be with him. Problem is I am scared because I am leaving everything behind, family, friends, a job I love, my animals. Is life there better than in the US and what kind of differences can I expect that might be hard to adjust to?

 

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Re: Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:24 am

Hi,
I am also moving, but not until Jan. There are many challenges to face to be able to move to the Netherlands. My husband had to get health insurance first, prove that he made enough money to support our family, apply for residents visa, apply for a work visa....we will have to register with the city hall as "aliens" once we get there. So make sure you boyfriend does his homework as to getting you into the country for an extended time.....But since I have only visted I am also a bit apprehensive about moving to another country. I have friends who have lived in the Netherlands and they say that they loved it. They road their bikes everywhere and where in the best shape of there lives. Having been in the military for 8 years ( I am now out), I can say that out of all the places I have been to....the Netherlands is the easiest to get around if you do not speak the native tongue. I think you should give it a chance,,,you only live once..Good luck and if I am there before you.....I will answer any questions you may have..TOT ZIENS!

 

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Re: Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:00 pm

Well I am making him do his homework. He has to be on top of things for me. I have yet to visit. So I guess its a good thing I am doing that first. I have seen many pictures and it looks beautiful. I am excited to start my life there but nerve racking at the same time. I have never been out of the United States and even have limited travel experience here. But I guess you only live once and I should just make the leap of faith. Thanks for the encouragement.

 

cutieblues28
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Re: Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:46 pm

The differences you can expect are dependent on where in NL you go and where in the US you come from. Don´t expect big cities to start with. The social security is great in NL, but social life is less. I hated it and moved on but there are people who like it... I think Smile Good luck

 

Birgit
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Re: Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:24 pm

Hi cutieblues,
I am an American who has been living here in the Netherlands for almost 3 years. I moved here to be with a dutchie. First and foremost, yes, make sure you all have all the information and necessary paperwork covered for applying for a resident's permit before you even consider making the move. www.ind.nl is where you can find all the necessary information needed.

Also know that until you get your resident's permit, you will not be able to work here. If you have been more or less independent, then it can be quite an adjustment to make to be without your own funds. It can take up to 6 months to get your permit and in the meantime, you can find that you have a lot of time on your hands.

Depending on where you would be living here, can make a difference.
If you are in the cities, then there is a lot to see and do. Also you need to know that things are not as "convenient" here as they are in the U.S. There is no fast food that you can just get to in a few minutes, the stores and groceries do not stay open late or on Sundays. It is a much more laid back kind of life here versus in the U.S. Things here are much "smaller", including the housing. The good thing here is that most everyone can speak or understand English so language barriers are not much of a problem. It will be a good idea to make that visit and stay for a couple of weeks to get a little feel of what life is like here. YOu just have to be prepared to accept that it will be different and you will feel like a "fish out of water" for some time.

 

andmartha
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Re: Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:05 pm

I absolutely agree that moving to a new country and making the most of the experience is definitely a plus. But....I am in contact with a lot of expats, especially women, from the U.S. and the worst possible thing you can do to someone is to make them think that moving here or anywhere in Europe is anything like the U.S. There are differences, some big, and it is up to the individual to embrace those differences, learn to appreciate the ones you can appreciate and take the "inconveniences" along with these. INconvenices is a big thing for those of us from the U.S. We take it for granted that you can drive anywhere you want, park anywhere, get out of your car, make your purchases, get back in your car and drive to the next place. When you have never been out of the U.S. you have no idea that other places don't "work like this". And that is just one of the differences.

Be assured there are thousands of expats here and they have all learned to adjust to the differences and appreciate the opportunities to see and learn new and different ways of living and different cultures. I do miss the U.S. but I have loved seeing and learning all the new things since living here.

 

andmartha
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Re: Moving to Netherlands

Post Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:20 pm

the burgers are smaller, why don't you come to dubai instead

 

gmacbank
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