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What actions must be taken before international knowledge workers can settle here?

Various actions must be taken if an international knowledge worker wants to move to the Netherlands for work. He or she needs to apply for a work and residence permit, register with the municipality, arrange housing, take out insurances, start a new social life, etc. Regional companies that would like to help their international employees can contact the Holland Expat Center South, free of charge. In addition, international knowledge workers can also contact the Expat Center themselves if they need help.


Expat Center Services for regional companies

The Holland Expat Center South is a cooperation between several parties, including the Province of North Brabant, various municipalities in Brabant and the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND). The Expat Center is providing the following services and activities:

  • The Expat Center will make an appointment with your international employees to collect the working and residence permit and to register in the Dutch Population Register (In Dutch ‘Basisregistratie Personen’ or BRP). 
  • Your international employees can participate in the events the Expat Center is organizing free of charge about topics such as health care, childcare & education, housing, sports facilities and the 30% tax rule. 
  • Together with Brainport Development, the Expat Center is also organizing theme meetings for entrepreneurs on talent attraction & retention. 
  • In addition, the Expat Center is organizing a series of informative events for regional companies jointly with various partners such as financial consultants, estate agents, schools, banks, etc. 
  • The Living In Program of the Expat Center focuses on the retention and integration of international talent 
  • The website of the Expat Center contains a list of English jobs within the region that are not meant for technicians and IT experts. Employers can post their English jobs on this site for partners of international knowledge workers to read. 
  • The Expat Center is conducting research into social demographic and economic data of internationals. In addition, the center is trying to improve legislation in respect of the business climate for internationals and entrepreneurs. 

Checklist of things to arrange

Legal obligations and finances

From health insurance and taxes to a bank account and your pension.

All rules at a glance

Education & childcare

Finding (international) education, childcare, language courses, religion and everything else you need to feel comfortable in the Netherlands.

Culture and education in the region

As mentioned, there are many things that your new employee must arrange before he can settle here. Of course, you can support him or her in this. We are happy to help you with this from the Holland Expat Center South.



Iris van Daal

Account Manager Companies