Formalities for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
Citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland do not need a residence permit to stay in the Netherlands if their stay is based on the EC Treaty. However, they are still required to register with their local Municipality.
If EU/EEA or Swiss citizens live in – or work for a company located in – one of the associated municipalities (currently Assen, Eemsdelta, Emmen, Groningen, Heerenveen, Het Hogeland, Leeuwarden, Midden-Groningen, Noordenveld, Smallingerland, Súdwest-Fryslân and Veendam), they can also use the accelerated registration procedure.
If they live or work in Groningen, they will obtain a BSN during their IWCN appointment. If they live or work in one of the associated municipalities other than Groningen, they will receive their BSN by post within three postal business days at their registration address.
This accelerated procedure saves significant time compared to the usual 2 to 4 weeks the process normally takes. Please be aware that we charge a fee for this service.
Appointments must be made in advance and are held at the following times:
Tuesdays and Thursdays:
13:30 – 16:30: Municipality