I am pretty confused about which document I need to move to the Netherlands.
I am the non-EU (New Zealand) wife of an EU (UK) citizen. We are moving to the Netherlands for just under one year for my husband to complete part of his PhD which is funded by his Australian university.
Do I need to:
a) apply for a VVR/Residence Permit (on the basis of family reunification), or
b) simply register with the municipality and then submit the Application for Verification Against Community Law, or
c) something else altogether?
tudor_geo (Feb 20 2011, 09:13 PM) said: > original post
valentijn (Feb 17 2011, 03:03 PM) said: > original post
Welcome to Utrecht! I take Dutch classes (mostly paid for by the city) at UU and am loving it. But as far as I know, the EU rate doesn't apply to us really foreign types. Even if married you'd have to wait a few years before getting the status to qualify.
Learn Dutch as quickly as possible, even if not required. It makes it soooo much easier to function, and there's some anti-foreign sentiment currently (we're all lazy drunks here to take advantage of their generosity and reshape the country in our image). It's a lot easier to make friends in a language class than in the general public, and it's nice having friends with similar experiences and problems. So far every fellow immigrant I've met speaks decent English, so it's pretty easy to chat.
Plan carefully what you want to bring. Moving items overseas is hella expensive, and airlines were charging US$50 for the second bag and $200 for each additional. Rates from commercial delivery companies were about the same. Vacuum packing my clothes helped a lot, but there's still weight limits. Leave behind all large electronics. You can buy european adapters here (at Saturn) for your laptops, Wii, DS, etc, but most other things won't work. For my DVD's I took them out of the cases and packed them in one of those cylinders that 50-ish blank CDs are sold in, and am slowly re-casing them here. Your Aussie DVDs won't work unless you're prepared to hack your new DVD player, however - ours now happily plays CDs from every region.
Make preparations for staying in touch with friends and family. You can get a basic Skype account for free, with pc-to-pc voice or video calling. You may need to help certain family members with setting it up, and writing instructions for how to use it.
Brace yourself. Overall I love it here and have a very supportive Dutch fiancee and in-laws, but it can feel pretty isolated, especially prior to getting into a class or job. Be prepared to put a lot of effort into keeping a positive outlook and staying motivated. Just being in such a different environment can be stressful.
Bring reminders of home. Almost all of the art hanging in our house is from Seattle and nearby areas, and is inspired by the local nature, tribes, and industry. I spent about a year before I moved collecting a few items here and there that I just loved. Then I packed them (without frames or borders) between 2 pieces of cardboard and put them somewhere they wouldn't get squished. Once in Amersfoort, we went to Ikea and found frames that would fit them (though usually not perfectly).