Moving from abroad

You are living abroad, want to move to Nijmegen and intend to stay longer than 4 months. Register in person within 5 days. Make an appointment by calling +31 24 329 90 00.

If you do not come from an EU country and come to work in the Netherlands

Are you an expat? And do you come from a country that does not belong to the European Union? There is an extra service available for you to register. You can make an appointment at the Lifeport Welcome Center (in Huize Heyendael, Geert Grooteplein Noord 9). If you have a partner and/or children, they can come to the appointment as well. During the appointment, you can arrange everything you need at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) and the municipality of Nijmegen in one go.

You can make an appointment at the website of the Lifeport Welcome Center.

What you need to know

  • If you intend to stay less than 4 months, you need to register as a non-resident
  • The municipality determines the identity of every person who applies for registration in the Netherlands. Therefore you need to visit us personally with your id
  • Minors (under the age of 16) also need to come to the appointment
  • When you are registered you receive a Citizen Service Number (Dutch abbreviation: BSN). You need this number when you interact with the Dutch government, educational institutions, healthcare and taxes. You'll receive your BSN immediately after your appointment. In some cases when your registration can't be completed during your appointment, you'll receive your BSN later through the mail
  • Will you stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 consecutive days? Then you’ll need a residence permit. Apply for this permit at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service

What you should bring with you

  • Valid id (passport/ identity  card/ residence permit) of yourself and of family members moving with you
  • A rental or purchase contract of the house you want to be registered in, or permission from the main inhabitant (signed with date + a signed copy of an identity card or passport)
  • In case you have them: other original legalised and translated documents about yourself or your children. Birth certificates, marriage or divorce certificates for example. You’ll find more information about legalisation of documents at
  • A proof of deregistration when unregistering from Curaçao, Sint-Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius or Saba


No costs.