Does The 30% Ruling Matter?

Internationals in the Netherlands a have been in a tizzy this week about the announced changes to the 30% ruling. A Change.org petition has garnered nearly 8,000 signatures. So what’s all the op hef about? What is it? Qualified highly-skilled migrants are eligible for the so-called 30% ruling wherein you do not pay income tax … [Read more…]

Post NL

Someone sent me a package. I have no idea who it was or what was in it because it’s never arrived. Instead, I got a notice from Post NL that whoever had sent the package, hadn’t put on sufficient postage. The sender also hadn’t put on a return address. So it was up to me, … [Read more…]

The Word Expat

“How do you describe yourself – an expat, lovepat, immigrant, international etc ?” It’s one of the questions on the Dutch News’ 10 Questions interview. It’s also a question I occasionally get asked. Expat, short for expatriate, has a long and sometimes problematic history. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and … [Read more…]

[ACCESS] Book Review: The Things We Said In Venice

When American writer Kristin Anderson set out to work on her second novel, she discovered she had writer’s block. She lamented to a friend about her plight, who replied, “A suitcase, a stranger, and a train. Love story.” The result is Anderson’s new novel, The Things We Said in Venice. Read the entire review in ACCESS magazine.