Expat Centre Leiden
The Expat Centre Leiden is an information centre for the many international knowledge workers who live and work in and around Leiden. The region already has some 3,000 highly educated foreign workers. The Expat Centre Leiden provides information about technical formalities such as visas, permits, registering with the municipality and local services, and information about living in Leiden, schools and healthcare, as well as all that there is to do in Leiden. The Expat Centre can be found at the Visitor Centre Leiden (Stationsweg 41), and you can also find it online.
The Leiden region is among the most knowledge-intensive areas of the Netherlands, with the Leiden Bio Science Park, Leiden University, ESA Estec in Noordwijk, the bulb-growing sector and the international legal organisations in The Hague. For such a region as this, the presence of highly educated staff is crucial. Given that highly educated technical staff are hard to find, many organisations recruit from abroad.