From June 2, the International Welcome Center North will be available by appointment only
By Thomas Ansell
The IWCN, the ‘one-stop-shop for Internationals in the Northern Netherlands’, will again open its enormous glass doors from Tuesday, June 2. This will mean that residents in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe will be able to access both the formalities and advice services of the IWCN, by appointment.
Having been forced to close its doors in March, the IWCN’s staff quickly acted to provide its services online. A chat function has been available on the IWCN website for over two months, and anyone is welcome to get in touch by phone, e-mail, or webchat whenever they have questions or would like assistance.
In conjunction with both the Gemeente Groningen and IND, a number of steps have been taken at the IWCN offices at Gedempte Zuiderdiep 98 in Groningen to help with social distancing. A walking route has been installed, (clear) screens put up, and hand gel is available for people entering and leaving the Center.
Whilst IWCN staff and the Center might look a little different, the same personable service and combined knowledge will all be available.
The IWCN has begun receiving residence permits from the IND and will get in touch with any clients that need to attend an appointment. Full information is available on the IWCN website, in a special update.
Gedempte Zuiderdiep 98 is only accessible via the front entrance, and visitors will need to be ‘buzzed in’ to the building. The IWCN offices will remain closed on Fridays until further notice.
The IWCN asks that visitors please maintain social distance, disinfect their hands before and after their appointment, and naturally not attend if you have any symptoms associated with the Coronavirus. Just get in touch and we will be able to re-book your appointment.