You are married or living with someone
A person who is married or living with a partner does not receive the same amount of remigration benefit as a person living alone.
If you are married or in a registered partnership, you can only get a remigration benefit if the partner you have lived with in the Netherlands moves to the new country with you. You will then get a remigration benefit at the rate for a married person.
If you divorce or separate from your partner 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.
No distinction between marriage, registered partnership and living with someone
As long as you and your partner are still living in the Netherlands, it makes no difference whether you are married, in a registered partnership or simply living together.
Under the Remigration Act, you are considered to be 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
- look after 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, it does matter whether you are married to your partner (or in a registered partnership) or 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 to or having a registered partnership with them, 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, after remigrating, you get married, start living with a partner or enter into a registered partnership, you will only get a remigration benefit at the rate for a married person if your partner also receives a remigration benefit. In all other cases, you will continue to receive a benefit at the rate for a person living alone.
You must report changes in your domestic situation within 6 weeks so that we can make sure you always receive the correct amount.