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Hello fellow Aussies in NL where are you????

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Hello fellow Aussies in NL where are you????

Post Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 8:46 pm


Have just arrived in the Netherlands after deciding to make the move to be with my Dutch National boyfriend. So Aussies where are you??? Where are you with your double plug thongs (no americans I'm not talking about underwear!!!), cricket and AFL, fabulous sense of humour and relaxed approach to life?

Rens (my boyfriend) and i are based in the south of NL in the city of Sittard down near Maastricht.

Couple of questions would love to hear from all expats:

1) How have you all gone getting your residency visas? I'm hearing scary stories about it taking up to a year...I put my application in last Friday and am hoping to have it all sorted sooner rather than later so I can look at my working options which leads me to my next question....

2) Working in NL.. I've heard getting a work visa here is very very difficult at the moment. What have you experienced and how can I get a job????

3) Learning the bloody difficult dutch language. What courses have you done can anyone recommend any?

Well thats about all for my first post. Very Happy


Renee \r\nSittard


Re: Hello fellow Aussies in NL where are you????

Post Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 4:42 am

Hi Renee (and Rens!)

A warm, if belated, welcome to Expat Focus and our forums, good to hear from you.

The Netherlands does appear to be somewhat legendary for its bureaucracy, hope you don't disappear under a mountain of it trying to get residency and work! Sad

About learning the language, the best way to gain any level of fluency is probably to have a Dutch boy/girlfriend etc (!) and spend time away from English speakers, who obviously won't "make " you try out your Dutch...let us know how you get on!

Good luck and keep in touch,



Jo James
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Re: Hello fellow Aussies in NL where are you????

Post Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:38 pm

Hi i am an Englishman living up the road in Beek, I have a private Dutch tutor who works out of her home in Sittard and she is extremly good, and not too expensive! If you would like her details send me an e-mail to stevewadd75 @

Good look and enjoy the good weather while it lasts, Steve


Re: Hello fellow Aussies in NL where are you????

Post Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:17 pm

Hey Renee,

Ahh the things you do for love heh Smile I came over last October for my dutch man, met him in Sydney a couple of years back. We're living in Hilversum at the moment, 15 from Utrecht. Definetaly miss the sunshine and bbq sauce mmm.
As with the visa thing, I applied for a working/holiday permit at the end of January, and I only just very recently got the actualy permit. They say up to 4 months, but there's apparently big delays in the whole thing. But you can still work in the meantime, which is alright. When you submit your application they should put a sticker in your passport, which allows you to work while your application is processed.
Finding a job took me a while. Its really handy if you speak a few european languages, but I was still pretty lucky finding a job in an international company. depending on your experience etc. I tried a good few aussie/irish/english bars around as well. Takes a while still, but is do-able.
And the language is pretty difficult im realising. You gotta get used to the eu and ui sounds. I decided not to take lessons (can get bit expensive), so i got a few books and try to speak with my boy. The Delftse Methode are pretty good books.

Good luck hey. Have you bought a bike yet? Haha



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