Moving to the Netherlands

Make an appointment

If you plan to move to Enschede from another country, you will have to register at the municipality in person. The same applies to family members who are moving with you. Please make an appointment with the municipality in order to inform us about the move:

Call 14 053 (within the Netherlands) or +31 53 481 81 81 (from abroad).

Costs

Reporting a relocation is free.
Good to know: if you do not report your relocation, you risk an administrative fine (Dutch).

Conditions

You need to register with the municipality of Enschede if you plan to live in Enschede, and plan to reside in the Netherlands for more than 4 months.
If you are moving to Enschede and you are from a country within the European Union, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland, you will need to bring:

  •  A valid identity document
  • A signed rental/purchase agreement. If you are moving in with someone, you will need to bring a written permission letter from the main resident, along with a copy of his/her identity document.
  • Are you staying in the Netherlands for more than one year? Then you will need to bring the following documents:
    • If you were born in a different country, you will need to bring your birth certificate
    • If you got married in a different country, you will need to bring your marriage certificate
    • If you got a divorce in a different country, you will need to bring your divorce certificate
    • A written proof of your marital status at the moment of your relocation to the Netherlands

Sometimes a written certificate needs to be legalized. All information about legalizing documents (Dutch).
If you are moving to Enschede and you are from a country outside the European Union, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland, you will need to bring:

  • A valid passport;
  • Proof of deregistration, if you are moving from Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba or Sint Eustatius;
  • proof that you may lawfully reside in the Netherlands. If you have already submitted an application for a residence permit abroad, then you have a Provisional Residence Permit (MVV) in your passport or a residence permit. If you cannot prove this by means of the above documents, then you will receive a Proof of Publication from the municipality and you will have to make an appointment with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) to apply for a residence permit and submit the Proof of Publication there. As soon as the municipality has received your application, we will register you;
  • A signed rental/purchase agreement. If you are moving in with someone, you need to bring a written permission letter from the main resident, along with a copy of his/her identity document.

Are you staying in the Netherlands for more than a year? Then you will need to bring the following documents:

  • If you were born in a different country, you will need to bring your birth certificate
  • If you got married in a different country, you will need to bring your marriage certificate
  • If you got a divorce in a different country, you will need to bring your divorce certificate
  • A written proof of your marital status at the moment of your relocation to the Netherlands
  • Sometimes a written certificate needs to be legalized. All information about legalizing documents (Dutch).

Contact

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