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Tips when you move to Amsterdam

Moving to Amsterdam is not just a small move to a new city. It can be the beginning of a whole new live, where you have to learn the language by Dutch classes in Amsterdam, figure out the public transport and a lot more. In this article you will read some tips when you are going to move to Amsterdam, and not only tips like learn the language by following Dutch classes in Amsterdam.


Prepare yourself well

It’s one of the most obvious tips we can give but a very important one, prepare yourself. It’s logical you want to do all the fun things but make sure you do the administrative stuff, like taxes, health care and things like this, first before you go do all the fun things. Chances are that all these things are regulated differently than in your own country. For example, make sure you know if your credit card and driving licence are valid in The Netherlands and make sure you bring all the necessary documents.


There it is, learn the Dutch language

We already said this in the intro, but one of the most important things is to learn Dutch. In Amsterdam you can easily survive with English but learning the language will help you with every aspect of moving to Amsterdam. It will help you dealing with official institutes, finding a job and understanding the culture. Learning the language will also boost your social life. The people will appreciate if you tried to learn the language.


Visa for The Netherlands

If you are going to travel to The Netherlands, you maybe need a visa. If you are from a country in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you do not need a visa. But if you are from another country, you need to get a visa. There are two different visas, for short stay and long stay. The short stay visa let you stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days. If you want to stay longer, you need the long stay visa, also know in The Netherlands as Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf. This is a permission that you can stay as a potential resident instead of a tourist.