3. ONCE YOU ARRIVE IN THE NETHERLANDS Below we provide a checklist to help you once you arrive in the Netherlands. Please contact the International Office of VU University Amsterdam upon arrival in the Netherlands to discuss the application for a residence permit and/or work permit. VU University Amsterdam and the Expatcenter Amsterdam work together to arrange the required permits for your stay in the Netherlands. E-mail immigration@vu.nl Tel. +31 (0)20 59 82867 APPLYING FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT (Verblijfsvergunning Regulier, VVR) International employees, PhD candidates and guests of VU University Amsterdam who are staying in the Netherlands for more than three months need to apply for a residence permit. This is only possible after arrival in the Netherlands at the Expatcenter, Amsterdam. The International Office will assist you with this application. Therefore, it is very important that you make an appointment with the International Office as soon as you arrive in the Netherlands. During your appointment at the Expatcenter, your registration in the Municipal Personal Records Database (Gemeentelijke Basis Administratie, GBA) will also be arranged (see next section). Furthermore, for some nationalities a tuberculosis test is required as part of the residence permit application. The obligation to undergo a tuberculosis test does not apply if you are a national of one of the following countries: an EU or EEA Member State, Australia, Canada, Israel, japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Surinam, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein) and the United States. If it does apply to you, please make sure you do the test as soon as possible, and within three months after your arrival in the Netherlands. The International Office will inform you about the procedure and location. REGISTERING IN ThE MUNICIPAL PERSONAL RECORDS DATABASE (Gemeentelijke Basis Administratie, in short GBA) International employees, PhD candidates and guests of VU University Amsterdam can only register with the Municipal Personal Records Database after they have applied for a standard residence permit from the IND. Both registrations will be arranged during your appointment at the Expatcenter. however, if you are an EU citizen you need to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database first, after which you can register with the IND. If you are going to live in Amsterdam or Amstelveen you can register in the Municipal Personal Records Database and apply for a standard residence permit simultaneously at the Expatcenter Amsterdam. www.iamsterdam.com/en/living/expatcenter Everyone living in the Netherlands, Dutch or otherwise, must be registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (GBA), which contains information regarding all residents in the municipality. This includes personal and address details of yourself and your accompanying family members, if applicable. The database is also used as a source of information by various other organizations, including IND, the Dutch Tax Administration and the Social Insurance Bank. These organizations rely on the address details as listed in the Municipal Personal Records Database. The International Office will inform you about how and where you can register. APPLYING FOR A CITIZEN SERVICE NUMBER (Burgerservicenummer, BSN) After registering with the Municipal Personal Records Database (GBA), you will automatically be allocated a citizen service number (BSN), which will be sent to your 21 Pagina 20

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