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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.
Formalities appointments will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Brexit biometrics appointments can be made online at this link.
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.


Pre-summer Career Event ONLINE

Pre-summer Career Event ONLINE

  Event Date: July 2, 2020

Digital career/networking event on 2 July for the Northern Netherlands! During this strange period, it’s extra important to explore your opportunities on the job market. Through this digital event, you […]


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    Drenthe wants children to eat healthier, more locally

    July 3, 2020
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  • The Northern Times

    Groningen Airport Eelde back from the dead: first holiday flights to Crete take off

    July 3, 2020
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