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When a foreign national relocates to The Netherlands to work, either on a short or long term basis, they will automatically be included in the Dutch social security system. Upon registration at city hall and the tax department a BSN number (social security number) is issued. This number allows the holder to open a bank account and receive a salary. Alternatively, when a resident of The Netherlands moves to another country for either a short-term assignment or a longer period of time, the Dutch social security system continues to be in effect abroad - when filed correctly and on time.

PIRGROUP SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES:
  1. Assistance in obtaining a BSN, social security number.

  2. Before leaving The Netherlands: We will explain the system and assist in filing for child support.

  3. Before leaving The Netherlands: We will explain and assist in filing for the Dutch national pension planning.

  4. Before leaving The Netherlands: We will explain and assist in filing for special healthcare needs.

  5. Before leaving The Netherlands: We will explain and assist with unemployment and emigration rights.

  6. GOING ABROAD: PIRGROUP will coordinate, file and process social security documents for citizens of The Netherlands when going abroad, i.e. to remain insured under the unemployment, health, disability etc insurances. Based on treaties with other nations (the Bi-lateral treaties differ per nation). A special A-1 (formerly E101) document is required. Some insurances are not required but recommended to have, e.g. to prevent a gap in one’s pension plan. Each company has designed and put in place the required, voluntary, private or corporate contributions plan, as part of the expat policy (Compensation and Benefits plan). To review your policy PIRGROUP will gladly provide a second opinion.

  7. GOING ABROAD: PIRGROUP can handle the annually renewed voluntary social insurances for expat families.

  8. GOING ABROAD: PIRGROUP can handle monthly payments. These are the required social insurances contributions for expats.

The Dutch social-democratic welfare state model is based on the principle of universalism, granting access to benefits and services based on citizenship. Such a welfare state is said to provide a relatively high degree of citizen autonomy, limiting reliance on family and market.

Social insurance has also been defined as a program where risks are transferred to and pooled by an organization, often governmental, that is legally required to provide certain benefits. It is a government-sponsored program with the following four characteristics:
  • The benefits, eligibility requirements and other aspects of the program are defined by statute.
  • Explicit provision is made to account for the income and expenses.
  • It is funded by taxes or premiums paid.
  • The program serves a defined population, participation is either compulsory or the program is subsidized heavily enough that most eligible individuals choose to participate.
When a foreign national moves to the Netherlands, either short term or long term he/she will be affected by the Dutch social security. Upon registration at city hall and the tax department a BSN (Social Security number) number is issued. This number allows for opening a bank account, receiving your salary but also to pay for social insurances via salary deductions and employer.

When a resident of the Netherlands moves to another country for either a short term assignment or a longer time period, the Dutch social security system continues to be in effect abroad when filed correctly and on time.

The Dutch social security system is a public system installed to ensure income and/or care for citizens of the Netherlands when they retire, get sick, become disabled , die or become unemployment.

Social Security is paid for via the Dutch TAX system:
  1. via a compulsory employees contribution, which is income dependent and paid monthly.
  2. via a compulsory employers contribution, which is salary dependent and paid monthly.

The accumulated funds are spent via the social security system. The SS system is divided into two categories:

Social insurances
✓   Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (EMEA).
✓   Surviving Dependants Act (ANW).
✓   Child Benefit Act (AKW) - sometimes included with the social services as it is financed entirely from public funds.
✓   Work and Employment Support for Disabled Youth.

Social benefits
✓   Work and Social Assistance Act (WWB).
✓   Income Provisions for Older or Partially Disabled Unemployed Persons (IOAW).


For more information on Social Security or any other aspect of PIRGROUP please do contact us.

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