Are you looking to work in The Netherlands? You will require a BSN.
Everyone who is looking to live (and work) in the Netherlands is required to obtain a BSN. Here is some useful information that can help you get started.
What is a BSN?
This is short for ‘burgerservicenummer’. It is equivalent to the citizen service number.
Why do you need a BSN?
You need the BSN for a number of crucial activities:
For your employer or client to process your wages and keep a correct financial administration
For you to open a bank account
To apply for the 30% tax benefit (if applicable)
For you to use the healthcare system
How do you apply for a BSN?
In order to receive a BSN you need to register with the Municipality. The Municipality that governs over your selected residence area. After registration of your identity and place of residence, you will automatically receive a BSN. Some Municipalities provide the BSN on the spot, whereas others will send it to you by post.
What information is required in order to complete your BSN application?
A valid proof of identity
A passport in most cases
An ID is sufficient if you originate from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and / or Leichtenstein
A visa / work permit (if applicable)
An original birth certificate (not a copy!)
A purchase or rental contract of your accommodation / place of residence