Child benefit

New country of residence factors as from 1 January 2018

30/06/2017

If your child lives outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland, the amount of your child benefit may be adjusted to the price level in your child's country of residence. 

For each country, there is a fixed percentage of the full child benefit that can be paid. This percentage is called the country of residence factor. The percentages are reviewed by the government once a year. For a number of countries, a new percentage has been set as from 1 January 2018.

If the percentage for your child's country of residence has changed, you will receive a letter informing you of the new amount at the end of 2017.

No country of residence factor for certain countries

For a number of countries, the Dutch court has ruled that a country of residence factor may not be applied. For more information, please refer to the information below the list of countries on the government's website.

Child benefit cannot be paid for children living in a country with which the Netherlands has not concluded a social security agreement.

If your child lives in a country with which the Netherlands has not concluded a social security agreement, you cannot get child benefit for your child, unless you work for the Dutch government or for certain development organizations. In that case, the child benefit will be adjusted to the price level in your child's country of residence.