You can qualify for child benefit if at least one of the parents is working/has worked in the Netherlands for more than 6 months while the other one is living with a child in any of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries.
Size of the payments: the payments are quarterly and depend on the child’s age. The payment size differs every year. The following sums have been approved and are in effect since January 2023:
269,76 EUR per quarter for a child aged 0-5,
327,56 EUR for ages 6-11,
385,37 EUR for ages 12-17
If you receive child benefit in your home country, this sum will be deducted from the total of your benefit and you will only receive the difference. When it is decided that you are eligible to receive the benefit, the money is transferred every quarter directly into the account you provide.
- A copy of your passport or ID card;
- A copy of spouse’s passport or ID card;
- A copy of child’s ID (if you have one);
- Child’s birth certificate (European or translated);
- Marriage certificate (European or translated)
Duration of the procedure: handling of documents for the payments takes 2 to 12 months.
Limitation period: child benefit may be returned for the past one year at most.
IMPORTANT: You must inform the Dutch social security office on any fundamental changes that may impact the size of your benefits (e.g. significant change in family income, departure from the Netherlands, divorce, etc.) in 4 weeks.
Register for child benefits