Child benefit

You and your family are going to live outside the Netherlands

If you receive Dutch child benefit and you start living in another country but continue to work in the Netherlands, your child benefit will usually not change.

However, if you also start working outside the Netherlands, you can only continue to receive Dutch child benefit if:

  • you have been posted to work outside the Netherlands temporarily (you have a secondment certificate), or
  • you have Dutch nationality and work outside the Netherlands for a Dutch government organization.

If you start living outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) but continue to work in the Netherlands, you will only get Dutch child benefit if you live in a country with which the Netherlands has an agreement on the verification of entitlement to benefits.

Family benefits from outside the Netherlands

You or your partner may also receive family benefits from another country or an international organization.

There are agreements between countries to establish which country's family benefits have priority. If the amount of the non-Dutch family benefits is higher, that country will normally pay supplementary family benefits on top of the Dutch family benefits.

Dutch family benefits may consist of child benefit as well as child budget, and childcare allowance.

An example:
You get € 110 in family benefits a month from country A. Your partner gets € 130 in family benefits a month from country B.

If entitlement to family benefits in country B has priority, your partner will get € 130 per month from country B, and you will get nothing from country A. If entitlement to family benefits in country A has priority, you will get € 110 per month from country A and your partner will get a supplement of € 20 from country B.