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Welcome to the Netherlands. On this page, you will find information about the topics that are most frequently asked about on RefugeeHelp. This page will be updated monthly with the most relevant topics.

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Last updated: Monday, January 23, 2023

On this you can find more information about:

  1. Health care benefit;

  2. Child benefit;

  3. The child-related budget;

  4. Childcare benefit; and

  5. Rent benefit.

Health care benefit

Healthcare benefits are a contribution to the costs of your healthcare insurance. Refugees from Ukraine who take out a health insurance policy may be eligible for this. Besides taking out a health insurance policy you have to meet the other regular conditions and the amount of your income and your own assets and those of your 'allowance partner', for example if you are married, are taken into account. Do you want to know whether you are entitled to healthcare benefits? Then go to the website of the Belastingdienst. Want to apply for a benefit? Go to the website of the Belastingdienst.

Child benefit

Child benefit is a contribution towards your child's maintenance costs. If you live in the Netherlands and have one or more children under the age of 18, you may be entitled to child benefit. Do you want to know whether you are entitled to child benefit or do you have another question about child benefits? Please contact the Sociale Verzekeringsbank.

Child-related budget

The child budget is a contribution that comes on top of the child benefit. For the child budget, your and your partner's income must not be too high and you must meet some requirements. Want to know if you are entitled to the child budget? Then check the website of the Belastingdienst for the conditions and all relevant information. Would you like to apply for child budget? You can do so through the website of the Belastingdienst.

Childcare benefit

Childcare allowance is a contribution to the cost of childcare for working or studying parents. You must meet certain conditions to apply for this allowance. You can download the toolkit explaining childcare allowance. This is a tool for parents that explains it step by step. The toolkit is available to everyone and is free to download in Dutch, English, Russian and Ukrainian. The Toolkit was conceived and developed by BOinK, the Association of Parents in Child Care.

You can download the app for free from the App Store (Apple) and on Google Play (Android). After downloading, you can select Dutch, English, Ukrainian or Russian in the app. You can read more information on the Website of BOink. Information is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

Here you can read briefly if you qualify for the childcare allowance. You can also read the conditions on the website of thebelastingdienst.

  • The most important condition is that you earn money from work and pay taxes over it. If you do not earn money with the work on which you pay taxes, then it does not count as work. For example: volunteer work or a caregiver.

  • In addition, your child is going to a registered daycare. The municipality checks whether the care is good and safe. Approved care is registered in the National Childcare Register (LRK) and has an LRK number. Without this number, you cannot apply for childcare allowance.

  • You always pay part of the cost of child care yourself. You can pay one part of the costs with the childcare allowance. The other part you have to pay yourself. That is the mandatory co-payment.

Rent benefit

Rental allowance is compensation from the government in your rent costs. Not everyone who rents is eligible for rental allowance. To qualify, you must not earn too much. In addition, the rent must not be too high, but also not too low.

Want to know if you are eligible for rental allowance? Then check the website of the Belastingdienst for the terms and conditions. Would you like to apply for rental allowance? You can do so via the website of the Belastingdienst.

Please note: Are you eligible for rental allowance? The amount of rental allowance you get depends on your income. Therefore, it is important to inform the Belastingdienst if your income changes. Do you not do this or not in time? Then you may have to repay (part of) the rental allowance you received.