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please call: +31 (0)50 367 71 97
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The International Welcome Center North (IWCN) is a one-stop shop for international people living in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

We offer services in three areas:  government formalities (residence permits and municipal registration); information (practical information and referrals to reliable service providers); and events (a chance to start building a social and/or business network during events).

All of this happens at one location, and we are open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 to 17:00 (read more).

The IWCN will be open for limited services BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Regular formalities appointments will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Brexit biometrics appointments can be made online at this link and will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays.
If we can’t assist you via telephone, e-mail or live Chat, then face-to-face information appointments can be made by calling the IWCN.

The IWCN is closed on Fridays until further notice.
Information about public health, business information, official matters and FAQs concerning the Coronavirus can be found at this link.


IWCN (virtual) Welcome Evening 2020

IWCN (virtual) Welcome Evening 2020

  Event Date: October 28, 2020

On Wednesday, 28 October 2020 the IWCN and Connect International are holding an online Welcome Event for Internationals in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe! During the event we’ll go over getting […]

Trip to Lauwersmeer National Park

Trip to Lauwersmeer National Park

  Event Date: November 1, 2020

Miniature People Leeuwarden 2

Miniature People Leeuwarden 2

  Event Date: November 8, 2020

IWCN Webinar: Doing Your Dutch Taxes

IWCN Webinar: Doing Your Dutch Taxes

  Event Date: January 14, 2021


News from the North

The Northern Times


  • CoronaMelder app ready to use

    CoronaMelder app ready to use

    October 14, 2020

    The CoronaMelder app can help stop the spread of the Corona virus by warning you if you have been near someone with coronavirus. In this way, you can avoid unknowingly […]

  • New Corona virus regulations

    New Corona virus regulations

    October 14, 2020

    In recent weeks coronavirus has had too many opportunities to spread again. The Dutch government therefore decided on 13 October that stricter measures are needed to bring down the number […]

  • Cross-border British workers after Brexit

    Cross-border British workers after Brexit

    October 13, 2020

    The IND have just updated their Brexit information pages with information on British cross-border workers – British nationals who live in the UK but are employed by a Dutch employer. […]

  • Registration starts for Dutch language courses at the Language Centre

    Registration starts for Dutch language courses at the Language Centre

    October 8, 2020

    The Language Centre from the University of Groningen will be offering many Dutch courses again in October and November! The courses are offered at four different levels. For University of […]



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