About us

The Expat Center Twente is an initiative of the World Trade Center Twente in Hengelo and supported by the municipalities of Almelo, Borne, Enschede, Hengelo and Oldenzaal. The Expat Center Twente is located within the WTC Twente in Hengelo and one day a week at the Stadskantoor in Enschede, with an IND office, to provide services for highly skilled migrants – expats.

Our aim is to provide information to companies in the east of the Netherlands and their highly skilled international employees on all matters concerning moving to the Netherlands. With this we want to make the relocation for both HR managers and expats as smooth as possible.

Apart from giving information, a lot of practical things can be arranged by the Expat Center Twente as well: an orientation tour through Twente, before the expat actually moves to the Netherlands, Dutch language training or assistance with taxation and looking for a house.

One of the most important things to arrange when you want to live and work in the Netherlands is obtaining your residence permit and to register at the local municipality. The Expat Center Twente joined forces with 6 municipalities and the Immigration service (IND) to make this process easier. Once a week we are present at the Stadskantoor in Enschede to arrange these formalities for you. For details about opening hours, making the appointment and rates; go to “Formalities”on our website.

The social aspect of moving to another country is not forgotten either; the Expat Center Twente organises events on a regular basis, like the monthly Expat Meet&Greet and family outings a few times a year. Through our English newsletter and social media we keep the internationals informed about practical things, but also fun facts and interesting activities in the area.

The Expat Center Twente is a central point for companies and expats. Our team of locals and expats is here to serve you: Your Connection To Twente !


In World Trade Center Twente
Expat Center Twente
Industrieplein 2
7553 LL Hengelo

Once a week we are present in the Stadskantoor in Enschede for the combined services with IND and municipality.

In the Stadskantoor
Hengelosestraat 51

Please call for an appointment.


Hengelo office:
Monday –  Friday: 09.00-13.00

Enschede Stadskantoor:
Monday 11.00 – 16.00

Tel. + 31(0)74 – 250 33 25