Starting a business and obtaining a residence permit via the Start-up Permit

Could you make it in the Netherlands as an entrepreneur? In 2015 the Dutch government brought in new regulations to help ambitious businesspeople from non-EU countries. A one-year ‘start-up’ residency permit has been specially designed to help people like you in the Netherlands. As part of the scheme, all entrepreneurs are required to have a mentor, or ‘facilitator’ on-board and for their start-up to offer something innovative in the Dutch market.

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What is a ‘Zoekjaar’?

The new ‘Orientation Year Highly-Educated Persons’ (zoekjaar) residence permit replaces, combines and extends the former Orientation year for graduates and the Orientation year for highly-educated persons permits. The new permit allows talented, highly-educated foreigners to apply for this residence permit within 3 years of completing a study or research project (specific conditions apply).

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Do I need to register for a BSN?

If you live abroad and come to the Netherlands to work or study, you will need a citizen service number (burgerservicenummer (BSN)) for your dealings with the Dutch authorities.

Government authorities use the BSN to correspond with citizens and exchange personal information with other (governmental) agencies, when legally permitted; for example, between the municipality and the Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst). The BSN is an important tool for improving government services, and is also used to combat identity fraud and solve issues with misspelled names.

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IWCN service partners

The IWCN has a wide range of reliable service partners for internationals living in the Northern Netherlands. The partners offer expert commercial services in various areas, including Housing & Relocation; Legal Services, Insurance & Finance; Tax Consulting; Health & Child Care; Payroll & HR; Travel & Leisure; Education; and Career Support. All of the partners of the IWCN offer services in English. So if you are looking for assistance in any of these areas, why not contact one of them to find out how they can help you?

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IWCN: Welcome Guide

The IWCN has released an updated edition of its Welcome Guide to the North. A 155 page handbook full of useful information for the newly arrived internationals living in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

The Welcome Guide is a pocket-sized handbook covering many topics that arise for newcomers to the Netherlands. From official procedures when you first arrive in the Netherlands, to finding somewhere to live, organising utilities, health insurance, banking and much more.

All international residents of the three Northern provinces, whether EU/EEA or non-EU/EEA, are welcome to use the information services and join in on the social activities and events of the International Welcome Center North.

You can visit the the IWCN office (open five days a week, from 10-17:00 hrs) to collect your free welcome guide. Or visit their website for more information.

Address: Gedempte Zuiderdiep 98,  9711 HL Groningen
Website: www.iwcn.nl

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IWCN Service Partners 2016

The IWCN has a wide range of reliable service partners for internationals living in the Northern Netherlands. The partners offer expert services in various areas, including Housing & Relocation; Legal Services, Insurance & Finance; Tax Consulting; Health & Child Care; Payroll & HR; Travel & Leisure; Education: Recruitment; and Career Support. All of the partners of the IWCN offer services in English.

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Decisio Report

The IWCN, together with other Expat Centers and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, commissioned a report concerning trends involving internationals living in the Netherlands. The aim was to determine how many internationals were economically active or studying in the Netherlands in this period, and to discover the most relevant trends with regards to their social-demographics (i.e., nationalities, ages, genders, purpose of stay, business sectors, family situation, housing, salary brackets, municipalities, etc.)

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Professional Development Fair 2016

There are more than 40.000 internationals in the Northern Netherlands, living in all corners of the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. The region becomes more and more internationally-oriented as increasing numbers of municipalities put extra effort in becoming international- friendly; more information both online and offline becomes available in English, and more companies become interested in employing expats.

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IWCN Service Partners

The International Welcome Center North has a wide range of reliable service partners to whom internationals can turn for assistance. The partners vary from lawyers to health care providers to child care services. All of the partners of the IWCN provide services in English. A full listing of the IWCN partners, their contact information, and description of services can be found at www.iwcn.nl under Service Partners.

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