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First registration

The BSN (Burger Service Nummer) is a unique personal number allocated to everyone registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database, which makes it easier for public authorities and services to exchange information on residents of the Netherlands.

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If you are a highly skilled migrant, scientific researcher, PHD Student, Intra Corporate Transferee (ICT) or an orientation year student (or a family member), you can make an appointment at the Rotterdam Expat Centre. Otherwise please schedule the appointment at the municipality of Rotterdam.

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No, you can make an appointment for the one stop shop (BSN registration + IND appointment) online or you can write us an e-mail if you want a consultation appointment: info@rotterdamexpatcentre.nl

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Valid passport or national European ID card, filled in print-out of the application form, proof of residence / tenancy agreement / signed statement by owner; residence permit (if applicable), birth/marriage certificates, housing permit (if applicable).

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No, it is only possible to register at Rotterdam Expat Centre if you live in the municipality of Rotterdam. You have to do the first registration at the local municipality.

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If you have lost your confirmation of registration, you can apply for an extract either online, by post or in person.

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Formalities

To exchange your licence, you will need to make an appointment at the municipality of Rotterdam. You will need a few documents for the application.

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If you stay in the Netherlands for less than four months, you have to do the Short term municipal registration. This is a special procedure which is called ‘registration as a non-inhabitant’ (RNI). You will receive your BSN number, but you will not be registered as a resident of the Netherlands.

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You can apply for a DigiD online: https://www.digid.nl/en/

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Yes, it is mandatory to deregister from the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) when you are leaving the Netherlands.

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There are several ways to deregister, the best way is to do it through DigiD. Chick here for all the options.

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If you own a car and you are a registered resident of Rotterdam, you can obtain a parking permit for your area. For € 5.50 per month, you can register your car at the municipality by filling in this form.

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You can do the online application of the website of the IND. Before handing the form in you need to get a stamp at the municipality of Rotterdam. You can walk in without an appointment between 10.00 and 15.00 hours.

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At the municipality of Rotterdam, you can schedule the appointment online or call +31 (0)10-2671625.

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You can schedule an appointment with the municipality of Rotterdam online or by calling: +31 (0)10-2671625.

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You can register your move online (please note, you require a DigiD (digital authentication method). Alternatively, you can print out the form ‘report change of address’ which you can find at the bottom of this page and send the forms and the required passport copies to

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Services Rotterdam Expat Centre

You can schedule an appointment for the combined one stop shop where you can do the first registration (obtain your BSN), pick up your residence card and open a bank appointment and you can schedule a consultation appointment for general information.

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If you are a highly skilled migrant (applicable for the 30% ruling), scientific researcher, PHD Student, Intra Corporate Transferee (ICT) or an orientation year student (or a family member), you can make an appointment at the Rotterdam Expat Centre. Otherwise please schedule the appointment at the municipality of Rotterdam +31 (0)10-2671625.

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International students need to schedule an appointment for first registration at the municipality of Rotterdam. Please be aware that some universities organize inhouse days whereby the municipality does the first registration at the campus. For more information check with your HR department.Be aware! If you are a graduate then you can use the services of Rotterdam Expat Centre!

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No, the services of Rotterdam Expat Centre are free of charge.

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Yes, choose for the option: 'I only need to make an appointment to collect my residence permit or provide my biometric information'.

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You can cancel your appointment by writing an e-mail to info@rotterdamexpatcentre.nl or calling the expat centre: +31 (0)10-7900190.

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Living in Rotterdam

For life-threatening emergencies, always call 112.

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When you arrive in the city, it is a great tip to deliberately get lost in the different neighbourhoods and go exploring. Rotterdam is a safe city and you can explore it alone.

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Public schools or international schools are both options for your children. Please visit our Education & Childcare page to learn more about the possibilities and the different schools.

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On websites like Internations and MeetUp, you can easily find other people that share your interests or background. Meetup also includes a page for the Expat Republic Rotterdam, one of the expat communities in Rotterdam. Furthermore, several organisations host events for expats on a regular basis. Venture Café for example, organises events every Thursday evening with the goal of connecting the local and global innovation community. Find a list with more communities and activities here.

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There are several juridical desks in Rotterdam which you can contact to get legal advice*.Please find an overview here.

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Taxes

The 30% ruling applies to you if you were recruited or seconded outside of the Netherlands to work in the Netherlands. Starting 1 January 2012, the following conditions apply, if you want to make use of the 30% ruling:

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When you start to work in the Netherlands, you will also start contributing to the Dutch tax system. There are national taxes you have to pay, but every resident in Rotterdam (or any city in the Netherlands) also pays local taxes.

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The Netherlands has a progressive tax rate between 33-52%. Furthermore, there is taxation on substantial interest, savings and investments. Do not forget that there are also many tax credits and benefits for certain groups of people, including: (single) parents, house owners, workers, non-working spouses, etc.

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To receive Child benefit you must be registered and living in the Netherlands. You can apply for the allowance by using your DigiD. The allowance is provided directly to parents via the Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB). Click here for more information.

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Health

In the Netherlands, health care is part of its social security system. Therefore, health care insurance is mandatory for all residents in the Netherlands that are subject to Dutch social security law.Am I subject to the social security law?

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In the Netherlands, the family doctor (huisarts), also known as a general practitioner or GP, plays an important role in healthcare. Your Dutch GP will be your primary physician, compiling your medical information and maintaining contact with most of the medical institutions you need to visit.

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For life-threatening emergencies, always call 112.Urgent medical issues? Call your GP.Outside office hours, call “Huisartsenpost”:

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