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Child Allowances and Benefits in the Netherlands

Child Allowances and Benefits in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) supervises the granting of child benefits and various other benefits intended to support families. This article provides essential information about child benefits, how they are distributed and the additional benefits that can be obtained in the Dutch context.

Child Benefit Overview:
Child benefits are paid in four installments, with the first payment being issued in April each year. The allowance amount varies depending on the child’s age:

Children aged 0 to 5 years: 279.49 euros
Children aged 6 to 11 years: 339.38 euros
Children aged 12 to 17 years: 399.27 euros

Application Procedure and Important Information:
If you give birth in the Netherlands, you will receive a letter from SVB within 4 weeks.
If you move from Romania or another EU state, it is essential to stop the allowance in the country of origin and keep proof of this fact.

The right to receive the allowance rests with the parent with whom the child lives.

Depending on the personal situation, the applicant must obtain, in the case of unmarried persons, either a joint agreement with the other parent or a divorce decree. Otherwise, the allowance will be distributed 50% to each parent.

After registering your claim for child benefit, it is important not to leave the Netherlands. Any change of situation must be notified at least 4 weeks in advance to the SVB or 6 weeks if you live outside the Netherlands.

The procedure can last at least 6 months – 1 year, with the possibility of extending the resolution period in case of exceptional situations.

Special Situations and Additional Benefits:

In the case of single parents, there is the possibility to apply for other aid, and depending on the registered income, additional support can also be obtained, calculated according to the income achieved.

If the child suffers from an illness that requires high costs for treatment or if the child lives elsewhere in order to carry out studies, double the allowance can be requested. In these situations, SVB will request the opinion of the Commission for the Evaluation of Care Allowance (CIZ), which will contact the parent to obtain medical documents and other relevant information. The final decision will be communicated to both the parent and the SVB, and the SVB will issue the final decision.

Child benefits are an essential support for families in the Netherlands, and knowing the details and following the procedures helps to manage these benefits effectively. Consequently, to the extent that you encounter difficulties in going through this procedure, our law office is at your disposal. You can contact us at the email address [email protected] or at the phone numbers +31647310776 or +40745173415.

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