Remigration

Your domestic situation and the amount of your benefit

There are different categories of remigration benefits for persons living alone, persons living with a partner and persons living with an unmarried child under the age of 18.

  • Single person
    If you are single, and you start living with a partner or have children after your departure from the Netherlands, the amount of your remigration benefit will not change.
  • If you have a partner

    Married or living with a registered partner

    If you are married or in a registered partnership and the partner you are living with in the Netherlands remigrates with you, your remigration benefit will be paid at the rate for a married person.

    If you and your partner are separated

    If you and your partner have been living apart before you move to your new country, and he or she does not move to the new country with you, you will be entitled to a remigration benefit at the rate for a person living alone.

    Living with someone

    While you and your partner are living in the Netherlands, the Dutch benefit system treats you the same whether you are married, in a registered partnership or just living together. Under the Remigration scheme, you are regarded as living together if you:

    • live more than half the time in the same house as someone aged 18 or over and you
    • share the household costs or
    • take care of each other

    We refer to the person you share a house with as your 'partner'. This could be your husband, wife or friend, but also a brother, sister, or grandchild.

    Outside the Netherlands, there is a difference between whether you are married to your partner (or in a registered partnership) or just living together with them. If your partner does not live in the Netherlands, you will only be treated as married for the purposes of the Remigration Act if you are married or in a registered partnership. If you start living with someone who was already living in the new country without being married or in a registered partnership, you will get a benefit at the rate for a person living alone.

    You start living with someone after moving to your new country

    If you get married or start living with someone or enter into a registered partnership after you remigrate, the amount of your remigration benefit will only change if your partner also receives a remigration benefit. In all other cases, your benefit will remain the same. 

    You must report changes in your domestic situation within 6 weeks so that we can make sure you always receive the correct amount.

  • Persons living with a child under the age of 18
    If you do not have a partner and you remigrate with an unmarried child under the age of 18, the amount of your remigration benefit will change when your youngest child turns 18.