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GOVERNMENT WEBSITES

DUTCH GOVERNMENT

Central Bureau for Statistics http://www.cbs.nl/en/ According to the CBS, there were 2802 Australians registered as living in the Netherlands in 2001 (What a barbie we could organise ... if we could only find them all!) Their stats also show how many Australians have become Dutch citizens.  (NL)

Dutch government sites - an overview http://www.overheid.nl/english with links to the various municipalities, provinces, Senate and House of Reps, and more.-  Not all of the links will be in English, but this one is.- (Incidentally, their Dutch version is so much cuter: http://www.overheid.nl/ )

Dutch Embassies and Consulates in Australia http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Netherlands#5987 /

Dutch Customs office http://www.belastingdienst.nl/english/

Dutch Immigration Dept http://www.immigratiedienst.nl/ you can click at the top right for English

Laws about us http://www.justitie.nl/search.aspx?simpleSearch=vreemdelingenwet&zoekknop=Zoek the actual laws covering foreigners in the Netherlands - just in case you’re curious (NL)

Reciprocal healthcare agreement http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/migrants/travelling/netherlands.jsp details about what your Medicare card covers you for during short stays in the Netherlands, and what you have to do to be eligible

INFORMATION ON SPECIFIC VISA CATEGORIES

Detailed information on the requirements for specific visa requirements is available in English via the Dutch Immigration Department website.-  You will need Acrobat software to be able to read these pdf documents.- If you don’t have it, you can also download it free from the website.

Procedures http://www.ind.nl/NL/ on this page you will find information about all the procedures available on the Dutch Immigration website. The procedures will not tell you if you need an Authorization for temporary stay (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf, MVV) or a visa; but you can enter details to call up more info.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

What will happen if I take on the Australian nationality?
Article 15a of the Netherlands Nationality Act stipulates that a citizen of the Netherlands (over the age of 18) will lose his/her Netherlands nationality by obtaining another nationality voluntarily. Also, children included in the naturalisation or already possessing this nationality will lose the Netherlands nationality.-  BUT!   There are exceptions to this rule, and one of them is that a Dutch citizen who is married to a citizen of that other nationality will NOT lose his Dutch citizenship.   The law was introduced because it was considered important that a family should all be able to have the same citizenship, and that losing your "Nederlanderschap" should not be a hindrance to this goal. (NL)

INFORMATION ON DUTCH CITIZENSHIP MATTERS

Netherlands Nationality ActSee details at this site - http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/type,LEGISLATION,,NLD,4040d84d4,0.html

EXPAT LOBBY GROUPS

Southern Cross Group http://www.southern-cross-group.org/ Extremely informative website for all expat Australians. To quote: "The Southern Cross Group is an international non-profit advocacy organisation which speaks on behalf of the some 860,000 Australians who live overseas. The Group tries to work for changes to existing law and policy where these adversely impact the Australian expatriate community."

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