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February 2018

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Dear readers,

Last year, the Expat Centre Leiden celebrated its 500th registration, and we are excited to report a clear upward trend. Moreover, the number of registered expats in January 2018 has doubled compared to January 2017! All these expats received a BSN (citizen service number) and answers to their questions at our helpdesk.

We aim to assist many more internationals, and we are continuously expanding our range of services to achieve this goal. Organising events is one of our priorities this year, so watch this space for an invitation. In addition, we will continue to connect new partners to the ECL, enabling us to provide even more relevant information about everything that is important to the international community.


Enjoy the read!

Corine van der Ceelen

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Better choose Leiden (EMA)

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is coming to Amsterdam: the Dutch capital is thrilled, and so is Leiden. Leiden is a true knowledge city where ample scientific research takes place in areas such as Life Sciences & Health. 

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Share your story

Why did you move to the Leiden region and how do you like it? We would like to publish your expat story! Please fill in the interview online. It takes less than 10 minutes.


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Inspection visits to recognised sponsors by IND

In 2018 the IND will perform inspection visits to employers acting as recognised sponsors. During the visits, the IND checks whether the recognised sponsor complies with the requirements of the Modern Migration policy (MoMi). 

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Annual tax seminar and walk-in consultancy

On Thursday March 8, 2018 Expat Centre Leiden and LIMES international organise their annual tax seminar explaining the Dutch tax (filing) system and the 30%-ruling in more detail.

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New Dutch matrimonial property regime

By RWV Advocaten
The issue of a ‘community of property’ has aroused a great deal of political debate in recent years. On March 28th 2017 the Senate of the Dutch parliament voted in favour of the new Dutch matrimonial law: ‘a limited community of property’.

Pop stage in Café The Pocket

February 8th 

Katwijk -The ‘Poppodium’ of Café The Pocket is a sure-fire recipe for a fun evening and good music. Until the start of the Summer season, two bands will perform at The Pocket every month.

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Afternoon concert at Florence

February 11th

Voorschoten - Lestari Scholtes (piano) and Eduardo Paredes Crespo (violin) will perform  works by Mozart, Debussy, Händel, Tchaikovsky and Waxman!

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Schubert, Winterreise

February 11th

Oegstgeest - Each season Franz Schubert’s beloved song cycle Winterreise (1828), one of classical music’s most important works. On 11 February at 4 p.m. in Oegstgeest the internationally acclaimed baritone Jasper Schweppe and Riko Fukuda on the pianoforte. 

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Movies that Matter on Tour: RISK

February 12d

Leiden -Visit this great movie in Leiden about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange: RISK. A highly critical portrait of one of the world's most controversial people.

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Valentine handicrafts

February 14th

Leiderdorp - Visit this valentine workshop for kids! You can craft a card for your sweet boyfriend or girlfriend or perhaps a different Valentine-themed gift.

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February 19th

Leiden - We Are In Trouble is the title of the new full-evening dance production by choreographers duo IVGI&GREBEN.
The duo finds expression for the beauty and the emotional weight of life and suffering.

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February 22nd 

Leiden - The iconic music of Arvo Pärt is a source of inspiration for many people because of its timeless and almost ethereal quality. The purity and freedom touches on the longing for consolation and tranquility in times of confusion and unrest

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Peel Slowly And See

February 23d

Leiden - Peel Slowly and See is a music festival in the oldest theater of the Netherlands, located in the cultural centre of Leiden. Every year, the festival presents a line-up with national and international performers and bands, most of whom aren’t yet well known. 

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More activities?

Would you like to see more activities? Visit our event page! Every day we will provide the latest activities in the Leiden region relevant for non-Dutch speakers.

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 Every new month we provide you with special articles and blogs!

Take a look at the blogs overview.
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