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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 five days per week from 10:00 to 17:00 (read more).

The IWCN will be open for limited services BY APPOINTMENT ONLY starting Tuesday 2 June 2020.
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 building of 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.


Become a Virtual Groninger game coming soon!

Become a Virtual Groninger game coming soon!

  News posted on: August 3, 2020

A new game to discover student life in Groningen will be released in early August 2020. Check out the teaser at this link!

News from the North

The Northern Times

  • The Northern Times

    Drents police perform huge raid on drugs warehouse hidden in horse stables

    August 7, 2020
    Whether the police were tipped off by neigh-bours is unknown The police have raided a warehouse in the hamlet of Nijeveense Bovenboer (near Meppel). The 120-resident village’s peace and quiet was shattered by multiple police vans, and a helicop[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Corona-proof paddling pool terrace to appear on Groningen’s Grote Markt

    August 7, 2020
    For the full ‘holiday park’ vibe Want to cool down with a drink in your hand and your feet in a paddling pool? Head on down to Groningen’s Grote Markt on Sunday, where you can soak your feet whilst drinking a beer in the middle of t[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Ferry operator Doeksen brings in safety marshals to enforce face-mask rule

    August 7, 2020
    Doeksen operates the boats going to and from Vlieland and Terschelling Translated by Thomas Ansell As more and more people choose to stay in the Netherlands for their summer holidays, so ferry operators in the North have to deal with more and more pe[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Student intro week in Groningen to go ahead

    August 7, 2020
    More regulations were imposed by Dutch PM Mark Rutte at a press conference yesterday Good news for the organisers of the Groningen introduction ‘KEI’ week for incoming new students in Groningen. These activities may continue, albeit in a [...]




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