Dutch permits & visas
You may need a residence permit, depending on:
• Which country you’re from.
• Your reason for coming to the Netherlands.
• How long you want to stay.
Dutch citizenship & passport
Applying for Dutch citizenship is possible by means of naturalisation, the option procedure and law. If you have Dutch citizenship, you can apply for a Dutch passport at the town hall of the municipality where you are registered.
Registration & Identification
Are you planning to stay in the Netherlands for four months or more? You will need to register at the city hall in the municipality where you are living. When you register with the municipality, you will receive a BSN (burgerservicenummer). This is a unique registration number that facilitates interaction with the Dutch authorities. You will need this number to start a job, open a bank account, do your taxes, apply for benefits and more. For your online administration and to deal with certain agencies and bodies, such as the Belastingdienst (Dutch tax office), you will also need a DigiD (short for Digital Identification). Note that when it comes to identification, for example for the Dutch police, your driving licence might not always be sufficient.
Growing Expat community
Almere has an active online community of more than 1,200 internationals and internationally minded people in Almere. This community is growing steadily and events are organised regularly to bring people together and make new connections.
Call the City of Almere on 14 036 on weekdays between 08:30 and 17:00 (Friday 08:30 to 13:00) or visit www.english.almere.nl.