avocado (Feb 1 2011, 08:54 PM) said: > original post
For the time being, Dutch consulates do not yet have a facility for 'pre-verifying' partners of EU citizens. (They are required to issue free visas to partners of EU citizens who need a visa to enter the Netherlands with their partners, however for Americans and other visa-free nationalities they refuse to do this, because they take the standpoint that the visa is not definitive proof of being allowed to work once the partner arrives in the Netherlands-- he/she can only obtain this through the IND procedure.) She can go ahead and start looking for work before or after you arrive, though, because it's a virtual certainty that she will get her residence document confirming her right to work.
And no, she's not exempt from the integration exam as a US citizen-- she's exempt from it as the partner of an EU citizen. She will also automatically get an independent right of permanent residence after five years without having to take the integration exam. However, if she wants to become a naturalized Dutch citizen after five years, she will have to take it (because the Netherlands can make any rules it likes about who gets to become a Dutch citizen-- partner of an EU citizen or no).
ouloveit1 (Jan 31 2011, 08:27 PM) said: > original post
When you say you are a citzen of the EU - do you mean you have a passport from one of thr EU countries? If so, I would not mention that US passport at all and just come over here and look for work.
All members of the EU community have the right to work and live here at will. You don't need any permits - just that EU country passport.
Yes, you can sponsor your non-eu girlfriend when you get here - you must follow the rules though.
You should come here for 2 weeks on your EU passport (forget the US passposrt as that is a WHOLE OTHER CAN OF WORMS) and look for work. Of course, you can look at places like www.monsterboard.com and line up interviews in advance.
If you can do this in advance - fly over and interview and get a job .. 99% of your concerns will be over as housing etc is a simple thing once you have a job.
The only drawback is for non KM worker type jobs (long story, will not apply to you) you will have to compete with the regular Dutch population and they mainly (the educated ones) speak fluent Dutch and English so unless you are fluent in Dutch .. you will be at a considerable disadvantage.
Everything will fall into line after this as (yet again) you will be holder of an EU country passport which makes alllll the difference.