Hey there! Recently some of you asked me some questions about moving to Amsterdam!

Well, I can’t give you tips about it because each case is different but I can tell you something about my personal experience as self employed European citizen and what I did once I touched Holland land! Before I start forgive my english, it’s not my native language, so for sure there are mistakes here and there!

Before moving I just booked my flight, read something about the documents I needed in order to work in Holland and moved.
So first thing first I had to find a place, that’s been the hardest part for me, it seems that everybody wants to live here ( I know why), the space is limited and prices are incredible expensive (again from my point of you), find a place takes a lot of time and energy, at one point I was desperate and hopeless, I tried different ways like facebook pages (be aware of scams and get ready to bump into some crazy people) I also joined Kamernet (you have to pay a 15days fee), and other websites (you can also rely to a real estate agency but I didn’t have the budget for that) but the only thing that worked out for me has been the network, so I kept on telling to everyone I was looking for a place and somehow a room turned out! Ok I had a roof, a shelter, but it’s not enough if you want to work in the Netherlands, obviously! You need BSN number, the personal public service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN), you need it if you want to work, open a bank account, apply to allowance and so on. How to get it? You have two options:

–       Short stay, I did this first, (at the City Hall, Amstel 1) you can get your BSN number without being register with municipality, it lasts up to 4 months and you can work regularly and open a bank account!

–       Regular registration, when I moved into a new place with registration after four months, I had to register with the municipality in which I was resident, I went to the City Hall again (Amstel 1), then I got registration and permanent BSN number (but your number doesn’t change), remember to have with you Passport and a Multilanguage birth certificate. For more info check this link I amsterdam

–       Side note: health care in the Netherland is compulsory (obviously) and you have to pay monthly for it, after getting the BSN number you have three months to find a doctor!

Once I got the BSN number (the temporary one) I could open a bank account, than I went the Camber of Commerce (KVK) and I opened my business (YAY), pretty straightforward, 20 minutes and I was out! The annoying thing is that all the papers are in Dutch, you have to fill them in every three months and every three months for me is an agony! 😉 If you don’t do it you can get a huge fine, beware! Thanks god I have a patient friend who helps me out, Thanks Duy!

So this is my personal experience as self-employed, I can’t say it was easy, but one step at a time with the help of my friends I sorted everything out!

Whats you experience? I would love to hear from you! and if you have more questions please leave a comment below!

Love,

Silvia