After a short and intense exchange semester at the University of Utrecht in 2011, I decided to move to the Netherlands for good in 2012. I felt very excited and thrilled by my choice to move to a foreign country. At the same time, I felt uncertain, and more than once, I doubted my own decision. I am a doer, and I very much value my independence. I fill in my tax and registration forms, I research the cheapest health insurance, and I actively approach my network to find a house or a job. Long story short: I prefer to handle and manage things on my own.
In a foreign country, things work a little different.
The tax system does not work as you’re used to and the forms come in a language you don’t speak. Health insurance has different coverage and although it’s mandatory, you’ll only get one by the time you have a BSN. Wait BSN, what was that again? Where to start? What to do first? And who to approach if you don’t have a network (yet)?
After seven years in the Netherlands, I am settled. I live, love and work here. The Netherlands have become home. With comeandstay.nl I help you to keep a clear view so that you can feel home in the Netherlands in no time. I won’t fix it for you, as I know you value your independence, but I’ll give you all the assistance you need to come and stay in the Netherlands.