Working in Utrecht Region

Welcome to Utrecht Region! The International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region is here to provide you with important information about living and working in the Netherlands. This page presents an overview of reliable local and national organisations that can answer your questions and offer support. You’ll also find more information about the importance of registering with the Dutch authorities and how to arrange this.

This webpage will soon be available in Polski, Română, Español and Бългapcки

Work in NL

Are you looking for information about working and living in the Netherlands? The website workinnl.nl explains your rights and obligations and what arrangements you have to make. This information will help you live and work here healthily, safely and fairly. 

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Register in the Netherlands

When you arrive in the Netherlands, the first step is to register with the Dutch authorities. After registering you receive a BSN number (previously sofi number), which is important for things like your salary and healthcare.

Staying for four months or less

If you are staying in the Netherlands for less than four months, you are not required to officially register as a resident. However, if you plan to work, study or access services like healthcare, you require a citizen service number (BSN - previously sofi number). You will receive a BSN when you register for a short stay in the Netherlands and are entered in the Registry for Non-Residents (Registratie Niet IngezetenenRNI). 

Please note: if you plan on staying longer than four months but do not yet meet the requirements (such as a valid rental contract) to register at your municipality, it is not possible to register in the RNI temporarily to obtain a BSN. Learn more about RNI registration on this website of the city of Utrecht (in English).

Register in Utrecht

 

Registration instructions in English

  1. Choose a product: select ‘Burgerzaken’ and choose 'RNI inschrijving' .
  2. Choose location: select ‘Publiekszaken’.
  3. Choose a date and time: to have your appointment.
  4. Your details: provide your personal details: first name, last name, date of birth and email address and confirmation of email address.
  5. Submit: agree with the privacy policy, submit your application and wait for the confirmation email.

What to bring

  • A valid proof of identity.
  • A completed registration form (available in 7 languages) - click here to download the form.
  • If applicable, a proof of legal residence in the Netherlands (residence permit, provisional residence permit (MVV) or a proof of application for such a permit).

Staying for longer than four months

If you are staying in the Netherlands for longer than four months, you need to register with the municipality. If you want to stay in the Netherlands for more than four months in the next half year, you need to make an appointment for your registration with the municipality you live in within five days of your arrival. If you have a partner and/or child(ren) who also need to register, they must come with you to the appointment.

If you live in Utrecht, you can register through the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region. Click the link below to make an appointment. If you are moving to another city or town in Utrecht Region, contact the municipality you are going to live in to make an appointment.

Register in Utrecht

 

Registration instructions in English

  1. Choose a product: select ‘Burgerzaken’ and choose 'Verhuizen vanuit het buitenland'. Indicate the number of persons.
  2. Choose location: select ‘Publiekszaken’.
  3. Choose a date and time: to have your appointment.
  4. Your details: provide your personal details: first name, last name, date of birth and email address and confirmation of email address.
  5. Submit: agree with the privacy policy, submit your application and wait for the confirmation email.

What to bring

  • A valid proof of identity.
  • A valid contract of purchase or lease of your home, or your proprietor’s permission; ask your proprietor to complete this form.
  • If applicable, a proof of legal residence in the Netherlands (residence permit, provisional residence permit (MVV) or a proof of application for such a permit).

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This webpage is presented by the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region. We provide a warm welcome to all internationals living, working and studying in Utrecht Region.