-you are an expat


Departure from the Netherlands

When your work contract ends, Van Lienden can assist you with preparations for your return, so that you can have a well coordinated departure back to your home and work.
It will be necessary to inform the Dutch government and immigration service of your departure. Again, we can again help you through these procedures and ensure that you are formally removed from their systems. We also offer a service where you and your family members can be taken to Schiphol for your return journey.
We can organise your removal quotes and there is also an option for us to be available on the leaving day to support you. So that you can leave confident in the knowledge that everything is clean and tidy, we can arrange a cleaning service and deal with final meter readings to ensure that your gas, water and electricity contracts are concluded.

During your stay in the Netherlands

In consultation with your employer, we can pick you up in the arrival hall of Schiphol and accompany you to the location agreed with the employer.
We will come with you to collect your residency card soon as possible. We will check the document immediately, and in case of errors we will ask the Immigration Service (IND) to correct the document at their cost. If there are other interviews that you need to have at the immigration services, we will schedule those on the same day and assist and translate as necessary.
Van Lienden Relocation will asssist you at City hall and/or the expat centre. The main priority is to acquire your BSN number (Burgerservice number.) You need this number to get your salary and health insurance, and your employer uses it for his personnel registration system. In most cases, after registration of the relevant documents at the Gemeente ( council office ) you will get your BSN number immediately. The BSN is also required for application of the 30% ruling. This ruling will reduce the amount of income tax and is a priority for most of our clients. Van Lienden Relocation can apply for the 30% ruling on your behalf.
We can assist with finding a suitable bank and setting up a bank account. We can guide you through the Dutch banking system and help you with internet banking, payment and bank card options. In many cases it is then possible to use internet banking to organise your own financial affairs, via an English language website.
Health insurance in the Netherlands is mandatory, and we can help you find the right health insurance arrangements for you and your family. Some employers run a shared health insurance scheme which you can choose to join, or you may decide to take out you own policy. We are available to advise you on a suitable company and a policy that meets your needs.
Van Lienden can guide and advise you regarding suitable housing. If you would prefer to do this yourself, we can help you with the process of defining realistic expectations for housing needs and give advice about finding suitable housing. We can also give you information about living in the Netherlands and advise regarding transport and mobility. We can arrange a ‘learn to cycle’ course. If you wish, we can find and look round selected accommodation with you, so that you can quickly find a suitable house or apartment where you will feel at home
In consultation with you, we can arrange a suitable date for household removal. In the event of loss or damage we can negotiate for recovery or replacement of your goods.
If you have children who need schooling in the Netherlands, Van Lienden can help you by explaining the Dutch education system and the possibilities it offers for your family. You may consider international schooling or select a Dutch school within the locality you have chosen. We can arrange and accompany you and your family on school visits and help you to find education that suits each child.
We can advise and negotiate with water and energy service providers for your new home and help you set up payment contracts.
Van Lienden provides Dutch lessons at all levels.

For detailed information go to language courses.

Information Trafficrules

We provide an English reference book on Dutch traffic rules on request. Experience shows that, especially in the initial phase, expats have a great need for information about the correct speeds, parking rules and translations of road signs. This makes them feel more at home in traffic and prevents various traffic offenses.

Car and driver's license

After the car has been imported according to the rules, we will arrange an appointment at an inspection center of the National Road Traffic Service (RDW). After approval, we supervise the application for the new Dutch registration number. In addition, we arrange your car insurance and registration for road tax in consultation. In many cases you are only allowed to drive around for a limited time with your foreign driver's license. If necessary, we can arrange the conversion to a Dutch driving license. After your arrival in the Netherlands, we will always inform you how long you can drive around with your driving license from the country of origin so that you can start the exchange procedure on time.

Public Transport

We can inform you about the extensive public transport network of the Netherlands, also the ov-chipkaart, the ov-fiets and ns-taxi. We also recommend useful websites and apps. This will extend your mobility and flexibility.


Holland is the country of bicycles. Particularly in urban areas the bicycle is the transport of choice. Moreover, cycling contributes to that ‘at home in the Netherlands’ feeling. We can help with the purchase of a bicycle and also provide access to cycle courses to suit your needs. Once you are mobile on a bike you will need an understanding of traffic regulations in the Netherlands. If required we can provide a textbook detailing the Dutch rules of the road.
During the relocation process we can provide information about:

  • - Shop opening hours
  • - The museum pass system
  • - Useful websites and apps
  • - Food shopping and supermarkets
  • - Sports and fitness facilities
  • - Libraries
  • - Entertainment options
  • - Newspapers
  • - Etc.

Arrival in the Netherlands

Van Lienden can help and advise you with the collation of required documents and the document legalization procedures. Translation work is available where required.
Van Lienden will advise you and your employer about a realistic arrival and start date. It is important that you have sufficient time to move and to arrange the necessary paperwork and obtain a visa via Immigration (IND) .
Van Lienden can organise a total relocation package. We will advise you about relocation options so that you can make an informed choice, and work with you so that you get quality relocation at the right price. We have extensive experience of relocating pets and the import of vehicles. We can also assist with removal of special valuable objects such as artwork and large musical instruments e.g. pianos.
If you do not have business accommodation, we can advise and guide your employee in finding suitable housing that meets the wishes of the expat. We inform the expat in advance about the ways in which they can find a home, such as by visiting specific websites, defining realistic housing requirements. We explain the way of living in the Netherlands and the many possibilities of mobility - we even arrange cycling courses. If desired, we provide a program in which the selected homes are viewed together so that a suitable home is found where the expat feels at home in a minimum of time.
If you wish to import your car to the Netherlands we can arrange the necessary import documents and a Dutch license plate. We can also arrange car insurance.