Your arrival in Amsterdam
Please inform the International Office
of VU Amsterdam about your arrival date, so we can inform you about the required formalities and schedule an appointment for your at the center of INAmsterdam. You will find INAmsterdam at the Zuidas, close to the VU Campus. INAmsterdam
provides a one-stop service for guests and employees of VU Amsterdam. Here you will be able to arrange the required permits and registrations (applicable) for your stay in the Netherlands.
Next to INAmsterdam you will find a local branch office of ABN AMRO bank
. You are free to open an account at any bank you wish in the Netherlands but international employees, PhD Candidates and guests of VU Amsterdam usually have an account at ABN AMRO bank. Top open an account you need to bring a valid passport, a copy of your employment contract with VU Amsterdam, a proof of your Dutch address and provide the bank with your citizen service number.
In the Netherlands, income tax is charged on three different types of income, with each type of income classified into a separate regime or ‘box’ as follows:
1. Box 1: Income from employment and home ownership.
2. Box 2: Income from substantial interest in a corporation.
3. Box 3: Income from savings and investments.
Contact details Dutch Tax Administration:
T +31 (0)55 5 385 385 (from the Netherlands) or +31 (0)555 385 385 (from abroad)
Dutch employers may pay expats who have specific expertise that is scarce in the Dutch labour market 30% of their wages as a tax-free allowance for extraterritorial expenses, without the need to submit further evidence. Application for the 30% rule first requires the permission of the Dutch Tax Administration, and will then be granted for a maximum of 5 years. The expat and the employer will have to file a joint request to the tax authorities for this. For further information to arrange the application for the 30% rule, please do not hesitate to contact us via email@example.com
If you are a resident of the Netherlands there several insurances you are obliged or strongly advised to take out. Below, we mention the most important ones (besides Health Insurance)
Personal Liability Insurance
This is the so called aansprakelijkheidsverzekering voor particulieren (AVP)
. In the Netherlands, you are legally liable if someone suffers damage due to a mistake made or an accident caused by you. This means you must compensate the other party for the damage suffered. Personal Liability Insurance
(AVP) protects you against this.
Car insurance and driver’s licence
If you have your own car, motorbike or moped while living in the Netherlands you are required to insure yourself against legal liability through Third Party Insurance
). You are then insurance against damage you may cause with your vehicle. International employees and PhD candidates of VU Amsterdam can take out a car insurance via the University’s group contract with Aon Nederland. For more information and premiums, contact:
Service Center Aon Verzekeringen
Tel. +31 (0)71 364 35 30 (open from 08.00 to 18.00)
House Contents Insurance
Fire and theft can cause unforeseen damage and expense. With the so called inboedelverzekering
you can insure yourself against them.
The Netherlands has an extended social security system, which provides financial security when your income is affected by events such as illness, job loss or old age. There is a division within the social security system between the general national insurance
schemes and the income-related employee insurance
schemes. Besides these schemes, there are several other social provisions which might be relevant to you. Whether or not you fall within any one of these schemes depends on your situation, for instance if you are an employee of VU Amsterdam, or a guest.
Another important aspect is that people from EU Countries who work in several countries are only covered by the social security system of one country.
The Dutch AOW pension (paid under the National Old Age Pensions Act, AOW) is the basic state pension
. As a rule, everyone who had reached the AOW pension age and lives or has lived in the Netherlands is entitled to a state pension. This comes into effect from the day you reach the state pension age that applies for you. It makes no difference in which country you live at that time. The Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB) is the organization that implements the state pension scheme in the Netherlands.
Useful links and booksBooks
- ‘The low sky. Understanding the Dutch’, Han van der Horst.
- ‘Living in Holland’, Marilyn Warman.
- ‘The Holland Handbook’
- Dutch News
- New in the Netherlands