Registering in Maastricht

If you want to register for residence in the Maastricht Region, you have to make an appointment with the population register of the municipality where you will live. Knowledge migrants and scientific researchers who are going to live in Limburg region, may also be eligible for the use of Expat center procedure. The appointment with the municipality or the Expat Center should be made within 5 days after your arrival in the Netherlands.

After a visit to the municipality, where you will get provisional proof of registration, you will have to visit the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to apply for a residence permit. If you have a partner and/or children, they will also need to be registered. When the IND has received your request for a residence permit, they will notify the municipality and complete your registration. At that moment, also a Citizen Service Number (Burger Service Nummer BSN, previously called Sofi-number) will be issued to you. The complete procedure will take a few weeks.

Documents required for the population register, and the application for a residence permit are:

  • EU citizens must have a valid passport or identity card.
  • Non-EU citizens must have a valid residence permit (verblijfsvergunning) or be in the process of applying for one.
  • Applicants must reside in the municipality for at least four continuous months in the six-month period following registration.
  • Applicants need proof of deregistering from the previous place of residence (mainly applicable to EU citizens).
  • Applicants need a tenancy agreement, or a signed statement and a photo copy of the passport of the main occupant, stating that they are allowed to register at that address, or a document that proves that they are the owner of a house, a deed of ownership or a deed of transfer.
  • Applicants need a legalised copy of their birth certificate.*
  • Applicants need a legalised copy of their marriage certificate.*

*Note that if the document is written in a language other than English, German or French, you must provide a translation by a sworn translator.


Information on municipalities in the Maastricht Region can be found at your municipality.


International Service Desk Maastricht Region


The International Service Desk Maastricht Region opened in November 2009 to accommodate expatriates who are in the process of moving to the Maastricht Region. The desk is located in the Town Hall of Maastricht, next to the Municipalities Service Desk on the second floor. The Desk is established to assist foreign newcomers and businesses with basic information. Four computer screens provide information about living, working, settling and doing business in the region. The dedicated websites also contain the necessities, formalities, checklists and nice-to-know information.



Opening hours:

The desk operates self-service, i.e. without staff. Opening hours are the same as the Municipalities Service Desk:

Monday - Wednesday: 08.30 - 16.30 hours

Thursday : 08.30 - 19.00 hours

Friday: 08.30 - 12.30 hours







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