Inburgeren

Inburgeren basically means assimilation, and for me, it’s not just a goal, it’s now a requirement. When we initially came over, I applied to stay by invoking the Dutch American Friendship Treaty – a visa that allows me to live and work in the country for two years. But a lot has happened since thatContinue reading “Inburgeren”

DAFT Update

In March 2013, I came here with a business plan, financial documents, and not much else in hopes that I would be able to invoke the Dutch American Friendship Treaty and start a sole-proprietorship in the Netherlands. My visa was granted a couple of weeks ago (until May 2015!) – and while I am stillContinue reading “DAFT Update”

It’s getting better

(Front page of a newspaper in Leeuwarden in March 2013. The article was just existing quotes from celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Betty White in support of gay marriage.) When I wrote this yesterday, I was a little excited. I realize now that the rulings are a mixed blessing; they didn’t change muchContinue reading “It’s getting better”

It’s not so DAFT – the Dutch American Friendship Treaty

Some of you may wonder how I am able to stay here – generally it’s not that easy to immigrate to another country. The two most common ways to enter: as a student, or as a knowledge worker, weren’t the best options for me. I’m not going to be a student – I need someContinue reading “It’s not so DAFT – the Dutch American Friendship Treaty”