Planning to stay in Rotterdam for more than four months? Then you have to register with the municipality in person, as soon as you arrive.
This first registration (‘eerste vestiging’) is needed so you can get a Citizen Service Number (Burger Service Nummer, or BSN), which is mandatory for all residents of the Netherlands.
Non-EU citizens also need to receive a residence permit for their stay in the Netherlands.
If you are a highly skilled migrant* (or a family member), scientific researchers, Intra Corporate Transferees(ICT) or an orientation year student, you can make an appointment with the experts at the Rotterdam Expat Centre. They will help you with everything you need for your first registration with their ‘one-stop-shop’ concept. You will also meet representatives from the municipality and the IND (Immigration and Naturalization Service) in one combined appointment. You will get your BSN, collect your residence permit and provide your biometric information in one place.
Things you will need to bring along in order to register:
1. Passport or national ID card (EU)
2. Completed print-out of the application form
3. Proof of residence / tenancy agreement / signed statement by main occupant
4. Residence permit (if applicable)
5. Birth/marriage certificate
6. Housing permit (if applicable)
Please be aware
It is NOT possible to make an appointment at the Rotterdam Expat Centre to register as a non-resident (RNI), change your address, or hand in additional documents (birth certificate, marriage licence etc.). For this you will need to schedule an appointment with Rotterdam municipality by calling: +31 (0)10-2671625.
Registration is only possible on an address in Rotterdam (not on a business address).
If you need more information, please check our webpage about long term municipal registration.
Make your appointment
If you want to make an appointment with the Rotterdam Expat Centre, we need some basic information. Please click the button and answer the questions.
*All EU citizens that receive the 30% ruling may also register with us.