Gemeente? Wondering if that is the a new word which you do not know !

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Ah, wondering what is Khe-meen-te? Do not worry about pronunciation. Gemeente is the dutch word for municipality or townhall. If you are relocating from abroad to Netherlands, you must register to the townhall as a resident. This is mandatory to get the BSN number(Burger Service Nummer). BSN is required for all the communications with the city and national government.

First time registration in the Netherlands?
You must contact Gemeente within 5 days of arrival to schedule an appointment. For appointment, call the city’s gemeente office. The appointment will be taken place at city office. You must have a residential address where you can register.

Registering Children?
Children who are 16 years or older can register themselves while the Children below 16 years of age needs to be accompanied by parent or guardian.

What are the documents needed?
You need following documents for registration :

– A valid proof of identity (Preferably a passport)
– Original and notarized copy of birth certificate(It was needed until year 2019 but a few townhall still ask for this document. Check with Gemeente when booking an appointment)
– A document showing you have the right to live at your address. This could be either a rental contract, or buying agreement if you bought the house, a letter of permission from the house owner with a copy of their ID or an official letter from a housing corporation.

Have you been to Netherlands before? Are you registering again?
You must contact Gemeente within 5 days of arriving Netherlands. You will need following documents :
– A valid proof of identity (Preferably a passport)
– A document showing you have the right to live at your address. This could be either a rental contract, or buying agreement if you bought the house, a letter of permission from the house owner with a copy of their ID or an official letter from a housing corporation.
– Certificate to prove your marital status if that is changed or you have children.

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