This article was contributed to this site by Vivek. Thanks Vivek! (If anyone wishes to contribute additional information, click here: https://indiansinnetherlands.com/forum/write-your-article/)

This is vivek. While googling for info on Netherlands i have come across your excellent website https://indiansinnetherlands.com/

I bring to your attention below useful info. if you wish you can share it on your blog/website.

1. India and Netherlands have social security agreement: http://www.epfindia.com/site_en/Operating_SSA.php?id=Netherlands

2. For attestation or/& Apostille of documents/certificates in India ( HRD attestation & MEA attestation/Apostille): http://mea.gov.in/apostille.htm

3. Never laminate any original document/certificate whether its related to educational or non educational. Laminated documents/certificates cant be attested or apostilled . And also documents/certificates which are laminated are not considered original.

4. Check this out.. ricksteves Netherlands videos

5. Before travelling to Netherlands its better to have scanned copy of documents( eg passports, certificates etc ) in our email id or in govts digital locker ( its free): https://digilocker.gov.in/ ( register using aadhaar/phone no). People can use Cam Scanner app to take a photo of their original documents/certificates like passports etc so that they can save copy of documents/certficates n their email ids or digilocker:


6. When boarding flight always have all your original documents/certificates in your hand baggage.

7. After coming to Netherlands, Indians in distress/ emergency in any country can contact Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) through twitter at https://twitter.com/MEAQuery

For Indians who face any issues/grievances abroad can launch complaint MADAD online portal or through Madad mobile App at http://www.madad.gov.in/ Indians who have problems related to passport or renewal of passport can contact MEA through twitter



To contact Sushma Swaraj , Minister for external affairs https://twitter.com/SushmaSwaraj

To contact Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh https://twitter.com/Gen_VKSingh

8. National Pension System(NPS) for NRI’s (launched by Govt) http://www.mea.gov.in/images/pdf/nps-for-nri.pdf


Presentation on NPS for NRIs


for more info NPS

9. You can verify your Indian driving license from the link below: https://sarathi.nic.in:8443/nrportal/sarathi/DlDetRequest.jsp

10. For those who wish to study in Netherlands :

Lisbon Recognition Convention : The “Lisbon Recognition Convention”, officially the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region is an international convention of the Council of Europe elaborated together with the UNESCO .

Netherlands is signatory of Lisbon Recognition Convention



5 thoughts on “Additional Info – 1

  1. sirish

    Good work Madhu and Vivek.

    Can you please help me on the below concern please:

    I will be travelling to Netherlands on WP and planning to get my Wife later. say after 9 moths.

    Can I get her Visa along with me and she can travel later or should I do it before travel?

    If I have to get her VISA processed before her travel, Can I get the marriage certificate and Birth Certificate Apostile right now and use it later?

    Please help me on this.

    1. Madhu Post author

      Once the visa is stamped your wife has to travel within 3 months.

  2. sirish


    can you please help me on the below:

    If I have to get her VISA processed before her travel, Can I get the marriage certificate and Birth Certificate Apostile right now and use it later?

    1. Madhu Post author

      yes. as long as it is all within 6 months. Beyond that MC will need to be re-apostilled.

  3. Satish

    Thank you Vivek and Madhu,
    I have a question about Apostille service. Where can it be done easily? I live in Bangalore, the Regional Passport Office does not have any clue about it. I am trying to log into e-Sanad website by MEA, but the process is so not clear and ambiguous to say the least. More over if the Originals have to sent to MEA Apostille Office

    IVS Global Center in Bangalore is asking for INR 3,000/- per certificate to be Apostilled. Is this the price? I have 4 certificates that need to be Apostilled. Does anyone else has any experience with these guys?

    Thank you,


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