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BSN (Citizen Service Number)


BSN stands for "Burgerservicenummer," which translates to "Citizen Service Number" in English. It is a unique personal identification number assigned to residents in the Netherlands.

The BSN is issued to both Dutch citizens and non-Dutch individuals residing in the Netherlands. It serves as a key identifier in official records and allows access to a wide range of services and benefits. It is required for activities such as opening a bank account, registering with a municipality, applying for healthcare insurance, and filing taxes.

When you move to the Netherlands, you will need to register with your local municipality (gemeente) to obtain a BSN. This registration process is typically done within a few days of your arrival and involves providing personal information, proof of identity, and documentation related to your residence status. Once registered, you will receive your BSN, which will be used for identification purposes throughout your stay in the Netherlands.

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