Information for Ukrainian refugees
Place to stay in Arnhem
Currently, the municipal residence (ships) in Arnhem are full. You may be able to stay with a host family. As a refugee, you can apply to stay with a host family via RefugeeHome.
Is it possible for refugees from Ukraine to register at the municipality of Arnhem?
Whether you can be registered at the municipality, depends on your situation.
Which situation applies to you?
You currently live in Arnhem (i.e. on one of the ships)
If you live in Arnhem, you can be registered with the municipality in the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP). You will receive an invitation with further information in the near future. You do not have to make an appointment.
You are not staying on the ship but do live in Arnhem, and you have the Ukrainian nationality
And do you have proof of identity? If so, you can be registered at the municipality in the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP). After registration you will receive a Citizen Service Number (BSN). With a BSN you can arrange matters in the Netherlands, for example work or education.
You can make an appointment for the following purposes:
Do you have children younger than 21 years? Did they come to the Netherlands with you? Please make an appointment by telephone: 0800 1809. We may need more information from you at first, for example for the arrangement of the right kind of interpreter. We are available on weekdays between 9.00 and 17.00.
You don’t have children or they did not come with you to the Netherlands.
You can make an appointment here.
Documents needed for the appointment:
- Proof of identity (e.g. a passport, an identity card or a statement from the Ukrainian embassy), and
- A declaration by the owner or main occupant (pdf, 72kB), with a copy of a valid identification document of the owner or main occupant.
You are not staying on the ship, but do live in Arnhem and you have a different nationality than the Ukrainian nationality
Do you have proof of identity? If so, you can be registered at the municipality in the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP). After registration you will receive a Citizen Service Number (BSN). With a BSN you can arrange matters in the Netherlands, for example work or education.
You can make an appointment here.
Are Ukrainians allowed to work here?
You may work or study here. To do so, you need the following items:
- Citizen Service Number (BSN): the BSN you get when you are registered in the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP). Look for more information at the page "Can refugees from Ukraine register with the municipality of Arnhem?".
- Bank account number: for more information see the page 'Living expenses for Ukrainian refugees'.
- A functioning mail and phone number on which you can be easily contacted, also via whatsapp, by authorities and the employer.
How long may Ukrainian refugees reside lawfully in the Netherlands?
Residents of Ukraine can enter the Netherlands with, but also without a visa, thanks to the Association Agreement that the EU concluded with Ukraine in 2017. You can stay here for a period of 90 days, with the possibility of a simple extension of 90 days. Therefore, it is not necessary for you to submit an asylum application in order to be allowed to reside lawfully in the Netherlands. Moreover, it has been agreed that residents of Ukraine who exceed the maximum periods, in relation to the current situation, will not encounter any problems as a result.
Documents needed for the appointment:
- Proof of identity (e.g. a passport or an identity card), and
- Proof that you had a valid Ukrainian residence permit on 23 February 2022.
- A declaration by the owner or principal occupant (pdf, 72kB), with copy of a valid ID of the owner or principal occupant.
Residence of non-Ukrainians with temporary Ukrainian residence permit
On March 4, 2023, the right to protection and residence in the Netherlands will expire for people who do not have Ukrainian nationality and resided in Ukraine on the basis of a temporary Ukrainian residence permit. The people concerned will receive a letter from the IND about this matter. In Arnhem this concerns a small number of people. More information can be found on the website of IND. For questions about your personal situation, please contact Vluchtelingenwerk Arnhem.
You are an adult, but do not have an identity card:
Unfortunately we cannot register you yet. The government is still working on an appropriate procedure for this matter. Further information will be made available as soon as possible.
Language lessons for Ukrainian refugees
From September 2022, Ukrainian refugees can take Dutch or English language lessons in Arnhem. ROC Rijn IJssel provides these lessons in collaboration with the municipality and Rozet. More information about the language lessons will follow at www.rijnijssel.nl/taalles (Dutch) and www.rozet.nl/lessenengels (English).
Is a refugee from Ukraine entitled to financial support from the Dutch government?
Yes, refugees from Ukraine are entitled to financial support during their temporary stay in the Netherlands. This can be requested from the Dutch Social Insurance Bank (SVB). More information on how to do so will follow as soon as possible.
Living allowance for Ukrainian refugees
Refugees from Ukraine are entitled to a living allowance in the Netherlands. This is provided by the municipality where they reside. More information about this can be found on the page 'Living allowance for Ukrainian refugees'.
Change up hryvnia banknotes
From 15 June 2022 Ukrainians in the Netherlands can change up to 10,000 hryvnia in banknotes into euros. This can only be done once. You can do this at any GWK Travelex branch. For more information on the website of Refugeehelp.
Filing a tax return
If you work in the Netherlands, you can file a tax return every year from March 1, onwards. Some Dutch people receive a letter that they must file a declaration before May 1. If you need help, you can make an appointment at a tax office at any time. Make an appointment on belastingdienst.nl. Bring an interpreter who can help you translate.
Would you like help filling in your declaration? Then always arrange a DigiD authorization code first. Without this authorization code, we cannot help you at the counter. To file the tax return, the tax authorities need your papers. Make an appointment on belastingdienst.nl. Bring an interpreter who can help you translate.
Free use of public transport for Ukrainian refugees
In consultation with Connection, Breng and NS, it has been decided that travellers who can present a Ukrainian passport with the driver, can travel for free in some cases. The drivers in Arnhem and surroundings are aware of this. Free travel journeys with NS only apply upon arrival in the Netherlands. Subsequent travel journeys within the Netherlands are not included. For bus trips with Breng, this applies to entries and reunifications with family members.
As of July 1, 2022, all Ukrainian refugees will fall under the Regulations on Medical Displaced Persons from Ukraine (RMO). Basic care and dental care for acute pain complaints (up to 250 euros) fall under this scheme.
Ukrainian refugees who work no longer need to take out health insurance. If they had previously taken out health insurance, it will automatically stop as of August 2022. Any healthcare allowance that has been applied for will also automatically stop as of August 2022.
How can you get cheap/free clothes?
You are welcome at the Salvation Army for free clothing on Wednesday afternoons from 13.00 to 15.30. The address is Kadestraat 1 in Arnhem. Make an appointment in advance via +31 6 44 26 97 45 or +31 6 44 11 07 39. Your host family, if you are staying there, is welcome to come with you.
Are you staying with a host family? You can also visit the Kledingbank, mail in advance to email@example.com. Indicate in your e-mail how many people you come with, and what the dates of birth are. You will then receive an email with a date and an address where you can go. Bring proof of identity, if you have one
Where can Ukrainian refugees obtain information and answers to their questions?
Consultation hour Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland
Vluchtelingenwerk is also available for Ukrainian refugees who reside in Arnhem. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday there is a free consultation hour from 10.00 to 12.00. Together with an interpreter, Vluchtelingenwerk tries to guide refugees as well as possible and to find an answer or solution to all kinds of questions. The address of Vluchtelingenwerk in Arnhem is Nieuwe Oeverstraat 120.
If you would like to meet other Ukrainians in Arnhem, take a look at the CoCo app. It is easy to organize a meeting.