FAQ

Can I stay in the Netherlands after I graduate?

If you are looking for a job or want to start your own business in the Netherlands after completing your studies, you can make use of the orientation year permit for highly educated persons. This ...

How do I deregister?

There are two ways to deregister: in person and by writing. You will need to make an appointment with or send a letter to the municipality you currently live in. Read more…

How do I get a parking permit?

Applying for a parking permit differs per municipality. At the Municipality of The Hague, there are three ways to apply for a parking permit: online, in writing or in person. Applying for a permit ...

How do I get a residence permit?

If you want to work and live in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, in most cases you will need to have a special visa to enter the country, called an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV). You ...

How do I start a business in the Netherlands?

To start your own business, you will have to have a valid residence permit, allowing you to work and live in the Netherlands. As of 2015, a new regulation makes it possible for ambitious entrepreneurs ...

How does health insurance work?
Dutch health insurance is required for all people who live and work in the Netherlands. All health insurance companies need to offer a basic plan to everybody without exception.
How does the health care system work?
Internationals moving to The Hague will be happy to learn that Dutch health care is among the very best in the world, although it may take some time getting used to it.
What kind of taxes do I have to pay?

Various taxes apply to everyone in the Netherlands. Some taxes are collected by the state (such as taxes on income, wealth and assets), others are local government taxes for the provision of local ...

Where can I find out what to do in my spare time?
Whether you are in the mood for an elaborate meal, want to stay fit by doing your favourite sport, or are looking forward to seeing some art – our local initiatives are ready for whatever mood you are in.
Where can I take a Dutch language course?

There are several options to learn Dutch in The Hague region. Taalhuis is your starting point in The Hague region to find a suitable language course. Taalhuis is usually located in the greater library ...

How do I get a coronavirus vaccine?

Everyone aged 18 and over in the Netherlands will be invited to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone living in the Netherlands is eligible for an EMA-certified COVID-19 vaccination. The ...

How can I get a DigiD?

With a DigiD, it is easier to arrange for government-related matters online. You can apply for your DigiD for free here is how you can apply:

  1. If you are registered with a municipality in the ...
How can I obtain a Digital COVID Certificate?

If you would like to travel within the European Union, or if you would like to attend an event or activity in the Netherlands; you may be asked to show a negative COVID test result, proof of ...

What is DigiD?
With your DigiD (short for Digital Identification), you can prove your identity online to hundreds of government organisations in order to get access to their services. It is like a digital version of your passport or driving licence.