Family life for Expats in The Netherlands


Ranked top in the world for children’s well-being by UNICEF, the Netherlands is great for families.


  • The applications for both the entry visa and residence permit are streamlined into one Entry and Residence Procedure, which can be granted before arrival.
  • Family immigration policies have been reformed, making it easier and less costly.
  • Partners or relatives can apply for permits on behalf of family member(s) who live abroad.


You can find the following information about “Families & Expats” in Expat Survival Guide 2024:


  • EU Nationals and Family members
  • Non-EU Nationals
  • Significant conditions
  • Au Pairs
  • Child benefit
  • Childcare
  • Fun tips for Families

Families service providers

We are an accredited school providing an outstanding British education to the international community of Amsterdam. Academic achievement is at the heart of the school. Your child will find an atmosphere of purposeful curiosity. We provide a proven preparation for entry to the finest universities in the UK, Europe and the USA.

British School of Amsterdam

Help for Expat Families. If your partner or family is looking to get a job in the Netherlands, the EURES advisers are here to help. EURES is an initiative from the European Commission to help citizens from in- and outsite the European Economic Area te successful wherever they live in the EU.


You’ve been able to rely on professional childcare since we opened our first childcare centre in 1984. Every day, more than 700 Partou childcare centres welcome over 70,000 children and 9,000 members of staff. This means we are the biggest childcare organisation in the Netherlands and we are proud to say that we have a lot of experience with children.

Partou Childcare

At Kühler & Partners we specialize in providing mental healthcare to adults and kids by a team of psychiatrists and psychologists. We provide treatment in several languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Afrikaans, Turkisch, Bulgarian, Romanian, Serbian, and Greek. No matter where you’re from, we are here to support you.

Kuhler & Partners International Mental Health

GMW is based in The Hague, between the sea and the international zone (where many international organizations of law and peace are located). Clients choose our firm because of our legal quality and specialist expertise. We have particular expertise in litigation. We can offer our services in the following languages: Dutch, English, Turkish, French, Spanish, Sarnami Hindi or German.

GMW Lawyers

We are an independent notary office in The Hague with expertise in family law, real estate, and business law, where customization and efficiency are paramount. We can act as an impartial notary or advisor for wills, living wills, home and mortgage, cohabitation agreements, prenuptial agreements and legalization of documents.

Van Buttingha Wichers Notaries

Within the Netherlands and abroad, Mynta Law has an excellent reputation as running a very knowledgeable, experienced, and sincere immigration and nationality law practice. We are thorough in our analysis of your question, realistic in our advice, and very goal-oriented in everything we do.

Mynta Law

SmeetsGijbels is firm of lawyers operating throughout the Netherlands and internationally that specialises in family and inheritance law. We enjoy a good reputation on account of our effective approach to complex cases and of the sound and discret way in which we operate. Specialising in every aspect of family and inheritance law, we are able to use our expertise to achieve the desired result.


We are a public international school in the Netherlands offering a happy, safe and encouraging learning environment where everyone feels welcome. Surrounded by nature, our location in Hoofddorp is 15 minutes from Schiphol Airport and Haarlem, and only 20 minutes from Amsterdam. At this location we offer primary international education. Secondary education can be found within 1 kilometer.

Optimist International School

Crossroads is a community of people from very diverse backgrounds. We are all at different stages of learning what it means to live like Jesus. Whether you are still exploring faith or have been a Christian for a long time, you will be welcome at Crossroads. We believe we all have a next step to take.

Crossroads International Church

New2NL is a specialized education consultancy for international families living in or moving to the Netherlands. Through our research background in Intercultural Conflicts at Work, a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology, jobs at multinationals and working in Italy, we have a thorough understanding of the (educational) challenges faced by international families in the Netherlands.