5 Tips on How to Move to the Netherlands
Sometimes life takes you on unexpected roads. You usually don’t grow up dreaming about moving to the Netherlands, but this dream becomes a reality for those several special few. And if you’re among those special people who are about to go through the relocation process to the Netherlands, this article is for you!
There are surely many things to take care of as part of international relocation, and here we will talk about 5 main things you should do to experience a relaxed and organized process.
1. Apply for a visa
Applying for a visa to the Netherland is one of the first things to do, simply because you won’t be able to move and live there should you fail to get it. Notice that each member of your family moving with you must have a visa. You can choose the kind of visa you want, the long-term visa, which is called an MVV visa, or you can apply for a short-term visa, which is only valid for 3 months.
2. Learn the Local Language
As opposed to the visa matter, learning the local language, which is, of course, Dutch, is not something you must do, as most of the residents of the Netherlands do speak English. But learning the local language, or even only its basics, will allow you to better communicate and get familiar with the Dutch – from the locals’ point of view, it is nicer when someone makes an effort to speak their language.
3. Hire a Moving Company
As part of an international relocation to the Netherlands, you’ll need the services of an international shipping company. So you’ll be able to send everything you want to your new country. When considering different moving companies, keep in mind two main things – make sure you hire only professionals for the job and make sure they are available on the date of your move.
4. Find a Place to Live in Netherlands
Be sure to check out residence options before you leave for the Netherlands – you can do so online, but make the decision only upon getting to the Netherlands and checking the place for yourself.
5. Get a Job
Once in the Netherlands, look for a job that will be convenient for you but will still pay enough. If you take the time to learn the locals’ language as we recommend, it will allow you more employment opportunities, so keep that in mind!