If you decide to go abroad, it is important that you take into account 2 topics: on the one hand the official formalities and on the other hand you should also think about a lot of personal matters.
Selling your house, canceling an apartment or quitting your current job are not decisions that need to be made quickly. It is therefore important that before you do anything concrete, you think carefully about which country you will move to and which culture you will discover there.
What do you have to arrange before you actually move?
Step 1: Finding a suitable location.
Most people who move are staying within Europe and that is not illogical. You are never more than 4 hours flying from the Netherlands and moving within the EU zone is simple with a Dutch ID card. If you want to move to a country outside the EU, you can take a look at the site of the National Government. Here you will find the steps you need to take to enter the country.
You also have to take into account the meteorological climate of the future country. A warm country is generally more popular with emigrants than a country with a less favorable, colder climate. Be sure to be vaccinated against local diseases when necessary.
Furthermore, it goes without saying that you speak the language spoken in the country of your destination. Via your Smartphone you can download apps to learn languages for free. If applicable, consultation with the children is also important. After all, they will also discover a new language and culture.
Finally, you should also check your future place of residence for economic and political security of the country. When you’ve done all this and you’ve chosen a country you want to move to, the real work can begin.
Step 2: Finding a job and a place to live
Finding a job and a place of residence may be the most difficult step of the whole process. It is fairly easy to move within the Schengen zone, but outside it becomes difficult. In any case, you will need to contact the embassy of your future country to check the procedures.
For Europe, you can take a look at various European job portals, such as EURES or wihbl.nl . You will get the most jobs and also the fastest recruitment process when you take a job in customer service or telesales. This is due to the high demand for Dutch speakers in low labor cost countries. Prague, Budapest and Sofia are an example of cities where the Dutch find a job quite quickly. Do not forget to ask for a so-called ‘relocation package’. These are tailor-made bonuses specially designed for non-native speakers to make immigration as smooth as possible. Just think of the refund of the flight ticket, temporary / permanent apartment, language courses, …).
Finding a place to live abroad is often done via social media. There are numerous Facebook groups where landlords and tenants place an ad. To find a page like that, just go to Google Translate, translate “rent or buy in future country” and then translate it into the working language you’re going to. Paste the result in the Facebook search bar and you will find groups where the real estate market is displayed.
Of course you have to decide for yourself whether you want to buy or rent. It is customary to first rent for a certain period of time and then look for a permanent home. This of course limits the damage if you want to return to the Netherlands.
Finally, we give a general tip: try to contact a Dutch / Belgian who has been living in your future country for a while. He / she usually has many connections related to finding work and a place to live. Also register to our newsletter and receive current news about living and working abroad.