International Welcome Center North (IWCN)

The International Welcome Center North (IWCN) is a one-stop shop for international people living in, and companies located in, Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

We offer services in three areas:  government formalities, information, and social activities. The IWCN efficiently arranges governmental formalities for international employees: from registering with the municipality and assigning BSN numbers, to biometrics and issuing residence permits from the IND. We provide reliable and accurate information on practical matters, work with you to find solutions, and refer you to trusted service partners. The IWCN also organizes activities and events that can help you build a strong social network, adjust to the Netherlands, and discover both new people and things in the North.

In addition, the IWCN provides information to companies and organizations about formalities and practical matters concerning their international employees.

All of this happens at one location, and we are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

With streamlined formality procedures combined with an information and service location, the IWCN aims to better serve the working and living needs of the international community in the Northern Netherlands.