Netherlands Consulate General in Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR, China

New in the Netherlands

Newcomers must fulfil certain obligations in order to live and work in the Netherlands. For some, this includes compulsory civic integration. But newcomers also have rights. Different rules apply, depending on whether they come from inside or outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. These rules mainly relate to working and living in the Netherlands. The government strictly enforces the rules on unfair competition and illegal residence.