APPLY FOR A DUTCH CITIZEN SERVICE NUMBER
When moving to the Netherlands, a Dutch citizen service number, known as a BSN (burgerservicenummer) in Dutch, is the first issue that needs to be organized. Everyone in the Netherlands must have this registration number. This number is assigned to each Dutch citizen born in the Netherlands, and foreigners must apply for this.
WHAT IS THE BSN NUMBER?
The BSN number is required for you to be able to start a job in the Netherlands, but also when opening a bank account, declaring income tax or other tax related matters, using the Dutch healthcare system, apply for Dutch benefits and so on. Safe to say this BSN number is an important one to organize upon arriving to the Netherlands.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF THE BSN NUMBER?
There are no costs in getting a Dutch BSN number. You must however make an appointment with the city hall to register for a BSN number.
HOW TO GET A BSN NUMBER IN THE NETHERLANDS
You will receive a BSN number when registering with the municipality (known as gemeente) within the city that you will be resident. Usually this registration can be done at the city hall, known as the gemeentehuis.
Do keep in mind that having a BSN number, does not automatically give you permission to work in the Netherlands and does not equal to a work permit. Depending on your home country, you may need to apply for this separately.
You are a so-called ‘non-resident’, if you are staying in the Netherlands for less than 4 months. Although you are not resided in the Netherlands permanently, you have to deal with the Dutch government, as you need to register as a non-resident. You can do this with a municipality that has a special registration facility. After registration, you will receive a citizen service number (BSN) directly.