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Why the Netherlands

Why is the Netherlands a good place to live

Before deciding on a move to the Netherlands, you may want to know more about this small country. We have listed here a few important reasons for you to choose the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is one of the world’s most stable and innovative economies with low unemployment rate and high salaries:      

  • One of the richest countries globally - 2016 GDP nominal global ranking No. 17 according to Statistics Times

  • One of the lowest unemployment rates - unemployment rate by April, 2017 at 5.1% according to      

  • One of the highest salaries worldwide - 2016 average salary at $51,003 (€46,742) according to Gazette Review      


The major cities in the Netherlands form an international business hub with thousands of job opportunities - Around 60 prominent multinational companies have major offices here, including Nike, Microsoft, Google, Siemens, and Phillips. ​


The Netherlands have adopted a relatively relaxed immigration policy to encourage highly skilled workers and innovation:    

  • Search Year Visa: Allows Master’s or PhD graduates from the world’s top 200 universities/subjects to live and work in the Netherlands for 12 months and plan for their future careers.    

  • Highly Skilled Migrant Visa: Allows highly skilled personnel to work in the Netherlands with lower requirements compared to the U.K. Partners of highly skilled workers can work in the Netherlands as well.    

  • Start-Up Visa: Allows innovative entrepreneurs to make their ideas come true.    

  • Self-Employed Visa: Allows free-lancers, business owners and entrepreneurs to open and manage businesses. ​


It is known for its good social care and health systems, frequently voted as one of the countries with the highest quality of living.  


It has low language barrier for English speakers:  

  • English is the main business language in most big companies.    

  • It has the highest proficiency in English as a non-English speaking country.    

  • There are thousands of vacancies where speaking Dutch is not required. ​


After living in the Netherlands for five years, you can become a citizen and live and work anywhere in the EU. ​


It is more convenient for living compared to other European countries.  


It has lower living costs compared to the U.K.  


It has a low crime rate and is in general very safe. ​


Bustling international cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are less than an hour away from each other.


Are you interested in moving to the Netherlands? We are glad to hear that you do. You can leave us your information using this contact form. Our immigration specialists will review your information. If we conclude that you can apply for the Search Year Visa, we will contact you by phone to discuss how we can help you apply. If we conclude that you cannot apply, we will let you know our conclusions by e-mail.

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