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Removals to The Netherlands - Moving to Holland - UK - Europe Removals Company

Hamiltons Removals offer weekly removals to The Netherlands. From domestic house moves to commercial or corporate relocations, we offer a tailored removals service to suit your needs.

Removals to The Netherlands – Click here for more information on our Netherlands removals service or read on for our advice on moving to the Netherlands.

Moving to The Netherlands

When moving to The Netherlands, there’s more to think about than just choosing a good removals company. We have produced a guide below, to provide you with additional information on some of the essentials like choosing the right schools, obtaining visas, starting a business and more. Please note this information is believed to be accurate at the time of printing however we recommend that you check all important details with our European Removals department prior to your departure

Visas and Work Permits

Citizens of European Member Countries or those that are members of the European Free Trade Association are able to live and work in the Netherlands without a visa or work permit.

These countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Bulgaria And Romania: Certain conditions may be applied that restrict the free movement of workers from these countries.

All Non EU nationals wishing to live and work in the Netherlands must apply for a work permit or Netherlands Working Holiday Visa. Work permits must be applied for by the employer after being offered a job.

Setting up a business in The Netherlands

Below are the basic steps you will need to go through to set up a business in the Netherlands.

1. First you have to find out whether you are allowed to start a business in The Netherlands being a foreigner. 

A foreign company wishing to open a subsidiary company in the Netherlands can do so but it would be better to set up a limited company to make sure all liability is secured in the Dutch branch.

2. You must determine what the best legal form would be for your Dutch company. You can choose from the following types; sole trader, a partnership under common firm (VOF), a partnership, a private limited liability company (BV), a foundation or an association.

3. Make a business plan.  The need for a business plan depends on the size of your company and the need for external finance. There is no obligation to make a business plan but if you need money or have to convince other businesses about the strength of your business a business plan will help.

4. Register your business with the Chamber of Commerce and find out if there are any diploma requirements.  In some sectors you are required by law to obtain certain diplomas if you are self-employed. The Chamber of Commerce implements these laws and issues the permits associated with them.

5. You have to register your business in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce. You will be asked for information on the legal form and the trading name of your company. Entries in the trade register are open to review by the public, meaning that both individuals and businesses can request information from the trade register.

6. Contact the tax authorities. If you are certain that you are ready for business, you should request a “Statement of information by a new business” form, from the Starters' Desk of the tax authorities. The tax authorities have a starters desk at the Chamber of Commerce so you can arrange both registrations at the same time. The tax authorities will make a provisional assessment of your business and decides which taxes you have to pay and will provide you with the necessary registration numbers (for example a VAT number).

Schooling in The Netherlands

The Dutch have a system of public or private schools and also a network of international schools, which follow an international curriculum.

Education is compulsory for all children and consists of either 12 years full-time schooling from ages 5 – 17, or full-time schooling from age 5 until the end of the school year in which the child reaches age 16. This is then followed by a period of part-time compulsory schooling until age 18, depending on the type of secondary school attended.

Primary school education begins at 5 years of age, however most Dutch children start at 4 years. They are graded on a number of compulsory subjects.

At age 12 they move on to secondary education, which continues on a full or part-time basis until age eighteen and from there, most progress to higher education. This includes university education as well as higher vocational education and Open University distance learning courses.

Health Care in The Netherlands

The Government is responsible for making sure everyone has access to a decent standard of healthcare. However everyone living in The Netherlands, or paying income tax here is required to purchase at least basic health insurance in order to use it.

The basic healthcare package covers medical care, including services by GP’s, hospitals, medical specialists and obstetricians, hospital stays and dental care up to the age of 18yrs. Adults over the age of 18 are only covered for specialist dental care and false teeth.

You can purchase additional insurance for circumstances not included in the basic package. However, insurance companies can reject your application and they also set the price.

It is advisable to discuss the healthcare options available with your Dutch employer. You may well be eligible to join a company scheme.

The fees for the basic health insurance package are annually determined by the health insurance companies and are normally approximately €95 per month. Although the Ministry of Health and Sport determines a standard premium, the insurance companies determine the additions fee you will have to pay in the end by charging a certain rate and a no-claim charge.

If you are required to purchase health insurance and are earning a salary, you will also pay a supplementary contribution from your income (rated 6.5% up to the first €30,000 of earnings; 4.4% for self-employed individuals).

Children under the age of 18 years do not have to pay any health insurance and are insured for free for the basic package of health care.

The length of your stay will determine whether you are required to purchase health insurance in the Netherlands or not. People staying temporarily in the Netherlands are not required to purchase health insurance.

Foreigners becoming long-term residents in the Netherlands and/or those earning a salary in the Netherlands are required to purchase a basic insurance from a Dutch health insurance company. If you do not purchase at least the basic health insurance you may be fined.

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