Here you find an explanation or a translation of useful terms used in this website that you might be unfamiliar with.
- Alien's Police
- Every regional police force in the Netherlands has a department that supervises foreign nationals in the Netherlands. This department is called the Aliens Police. In certain cases, foreigners are required to report to the Aliens Police upon arrival in the Netherlands.
A diplomatic method for certifying the authenticity of a document. It is a statement on a separate sheet of paper affixed to the original document, signed and dated by the Ministry of Justice or of Foreign Affairs in the country of the document’s origin.
- The new name for one's given identity number when moving to the Netherlands. It identifies you to the government, most often for the receivig of benefits. Previously called the Sofi Nummer
See “Schengen visa”.
- C+D visa
- Type of visa that combines a provisional residence permit and Schengen visa.
- Catch 22
- An occurance where two things are necessary, and one is not obtainable without having the other one first. Thus, a situation which is unresolvable.
- Deduction (tax)
- An amount of income that you can substract from your total income when figuring due amounts of tax. For example, if you donate $1000 worth of goods to charity, it's possible you may be able to deduct $1000 from the amount on which you will owe tax. Deductions are similar to allowances; they reduce the amount of your income that may be taxed.
- Double legalization
- A diplomatic method of authenticating a document. To do this, the signature on the document is first legalized by the Ministry of Justice or of Foreign Affairs in the native country. Subsequently, the Dutch Ministry of Justice or of Foreign Affairs must authenticate the signatures, verifying the issuing authority in the native country.
- A shop which sells holistic and other non-prescription health goods.
- Expat; Expatriate
- Someone who lives outside of his or her home country. Expatriates are different than immigrants in that they usually do not intend to stay in the foreign country for life.
- Extraterretorial costs
- The extra costs that an expatriate acquires because of living outside one's home country (I.e. higher rent, double taxes, new furniture, etc.)
- When one is terminated from employment because of unsatisfactory preformance.
- This means 'general practitioner' and refers to a doctor who deals with your various medical needs which do not require a specialist's attention. Normally, people chose one GP for their needs so she or he can become familiar with your general health and history in order to best help you.
- Healthcare insurance
- A system which pays for an agreed percentage of the related bills when you require medical care. Health insurances may be private or publicly provided, or both and offer very different types of coverage.
- Knowledge Migrant
- A special category of foreign worker in the Netherlands for which a special, expidited process of obtaning a work permit is available. Click here for more details.
- Laid off
- When one one is released from employment against his/her wishes, for reasons of company staffing needs (and not because the empoyee was unsatisfactory).
- Medical care
- Any type of attention by medical professionals.
- Authorization for temporary stay in the Netherlands. See the subject area "visa and residence permits" for more information.
- Non-earned income
- Income which is not gained in exhcnage for services. Interest from amounts you hold in a bank, monetary gifts or inheritance are examples.
- Occupational pension
- pension rights acquired through your work
- Partial nonresident taxpayer
- A tax status specifically relating to the 30% rule. For this status, a person is a resident of the Netherlands and thus a resident taxpayer. However, upon request the person is treated (fictitiously) as a non-resident taxpayer so that certain income taxed, and advantageous deductibles apply to it (i.e. the 30% rule), but other income is not subject to Dutch tax.
- A special financial account specifically for the purpose of supporting one in his or her retirement. Pensions may be paid by the government, employer, through a private account, or a combination of these.
- The ability to legitimately move something (here benefits) from one place to another.
- Posting; Posted
- When one is bureaucratically employeed and living in one place, yet actually lives in works in another. Such an arrangement is usually for a specific, temporary amount of time.
- The most populous area of Holland which, if one were to connect the dots between them, the population in that whole area is dnese enough that one could vaguely consider it one hige city conglomerate. Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht are the main Randstad cities, although others such as Haarlem, Delft and Leiden are part of this area as well.
- The act of readjusting to one's home country and culture after living abroad.
- Schengen states
- Social security
- A system of insurances provided by the government for various life events which can affect your financial well-being such as unemployment, disability, or childcare.
- The former name of one's given identity number in the Netherlands for purposes of recognition for receiving benefits; now called a Burgerservicenummer (BSN).
- A system by which people pay money to the government in order to fund the servies that government provides.
- Taxble income
- Financial gains which are subject to governemnt taxation. Does not include money amounts which are legally specified for personal allowances and deductions.
- A legal agreement between governments.
- "Value Added Tax" a sales tax levied on the sale of goods and services. It is a "comsumption tax" meaning that what you are paying extra for is not the raw goods, but the value added to the raw msterial by its being made into an assembled product and/or the serving of it.
- Short stay visa for the Netherlands. See our section "visa and residence permits" for details.
- Residence permit for the Netherlands. See our section on "visa and residence permits" for details.
- A toeslag is a subsidy or a state contribution to help with the costs of something. In this case, for care for those whose income is below a certain level.
authorization for temporary stayMVV
basic health insurancebasisverzekering
flatmate (to share a flat)huisgenoot/genote
international schoolinternationale school
national tax officebelastingdienst
primary schoollagere school, or basisschool
private insuranceparticulier verzekering
referral note (from doctor)verwijsbrief
real estate agentmakelaardij/makelaar
rent (as the tenant)huur
rent out (to a tenant)verhuur
secondary schoolmiddelbare school, or voortgezet onderwijs
short stay visaVKV
smoking (allowed/non)roken (wel/niet)
social security numberSofinummer or BergerServiceNummer
basisverzekeringbasic health insurance coverage
belastingdienstdutch national tax office
bergerServiceNummersocial security number (was:SoFinummer)
EHBOFirst Aid for Accidents
lagere schoolprimary school
makelaardij/makelaarreal estate agent
medische dienstenon-call medical services
middelbare schoolsecondary school
MVVauthorization for temporary stay
particulier verzekeringprivate insurance
roken (wel/niet)smoking (allowed/non)
sofi-nummersocial-Fiscal number (now:BergerServiceNummer)
toeslagsubsidy; state contribution
verhuurrent out (as a lanndlord)
verwijsbriefdoctor's referral note
VKVshort stay visa
voortgezet onderwijssecondary school
ziekenfondsnational Health Care