ExpatsGuerrilla's Amsterdam studio is based in the bustling cultural center of the Dutch capital. A great place to live, work and play, the studio welcomes expatriates from all over the world and already employs a staff comprised of 25 different nationalities.
Foreign employees can stay at the company campus in Amsterdam. Depending on a new employee's family situation, Guerrilla will pay for two months stay at the company campus, or lease an apartment for a period of two months on behalf of the expatriate.
Applying for a Work Permit
Expatriates outside the EU will need a residency and a work permit. Guerrilla will assist during the application of (1) a temporary permit for three months (MVV) and (2) the residency and work permit.
Once the application for the temporary permit (MVV) is approved, the expatriate can travel to The Netherlands. The approval process usually takes about six weeks. In the first few days after arrival the employee should contact the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) to apply for a residence and work permit, and to get a sticker placed in his or her Passport.
The sticker has several purposes. The first one is to prove that the expatriate is legally in the Netherlands, awaiting a decision on the application for a residence permit. The second one is to get a so-called 'labor market notice'. This states that the MVV allows the foreign employee to work immediately after receiving the sticker, while awaiting a decision. Getting a social security number (BSN-nummer) and a bank account in The Netherlands is only possible once you have this sticker.
Taxes and the 30 Percent Ruling
The Netherlands has a 30 percent tax-free ruling, which is a blessing for many expatriates. The purpose of this regulation is to attract highly skilled professionals from foreign countries with skills and experience that remain scarce in the Dutch labor market. According to the 30 percent ruling, an employer may provide a tax-free allowance of 30 percent of the total salary of an employee. To obtain the 30 percent ruling, a request has to be made to the competent tax authorities and several conditions have to be fulfilled to prove the expatriate's desirable knowledge and experience.
In the Netherlands, health insurance is an obligation for all citizens. Guerrilla has a beneficial collective health insurance plan for both the employee and his or her family.
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Originally from Canada
With the company since 2008
"Before this I worked at a pretty large company, but at some point I wanted to have something more personal - to not feel like a cog in a wheel anymore. Guerrilla is great for that, as it has the stability and financial backing of a large corporation (Sony), but it’s also very hands-off while providing us with a lot of creative freedom.
As for Amsterdam, this city’s pretty amazing. It doesn’t have a lot of the problems of bigger cities - there’s little pollution, no getting stuck in traffic jams, low crime, and so on. Because it’s a world-class city, it also has everything you could want in terms of music venues, events and celebrations.
Since I’ve been here, the company has improved even further in many areas, and it was just as much fun to start working here as it was watching Guerrilla turn into a true AAA company. Between working on something I love and living in a phenomenal city, life here is like a permanent vacation - low stress, lots of fun activities, and lots of vacation time and benefits that you’re actually encouraged to take. What more could you ask for?"
Originally from Great Britain
With the company since 2009
Senior Level Designer
"The best thing about Amsterdam is that it truly is a ‘living city’ – always full of people and events; there’s something for everyone.
Living here, you get the benefits of a capital city, with few of the downsides, and once you get a bike you’ll never want to walk or take the tram again. The city is practically built for cycling, and half of my twenty-minute ride to and from work is through beautiful Vondelpark; filled with people sunbathing and barbequing during Summer, and like a Christmas card scene during Winter.
It’s also worth mentioning that Schiphol, one of Europe’s busiest airports, is very close by – conducive to the steady stream of visitors you’ll get. For expats, it’s also handy for travelling home.
Guerrilla itself is home to experienced, senior staff and has a really great work/life balance. There is a lot of passion here, and while people do work really hard, they still value their families and spare time.
A+++ would move again :)"
Originally from Turkey
With the company since 2012
"I could easily say, joining Guerrilla has been one of the coolest things that happened to me since my arrival to the Netherlands years ago. Practically fresh out of art school, I feel blessed on many levels having started my industry sound career here. Being surrounded by so many creative people in a friendly environment, having supportive & fun(ny) colleagues, and finding the space to learn and challenge myself... It’s only been a great experience so far.
As for Amsterdam, what can I say! It's alive, full of contrasts, poetic and disturbed all at the same time and mostly in a good way. =) After living in a few major cities in NL, Amsterdam still holds a special place in my life, and not only for it’s beautiful canals and scenery but for its uncompromising cutting-edge art & music scene. When/if you take your time and peel off its touristy skin, it’s full of local surprises where you can indulge yourself in all kinds of cultural activities."
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