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I think I did a decent job of preparing myself before moving over here. I checked immigration websites, blogs, etc for any information I could find before I left. I thought that the verlo- and I were doing the responsible thing by going to City Hall and changing his address to our new apartment and my address to the same. 

After being sent back and forth between a few departments, we finally got a number to wait in line. Apparently, the verlo- could have just gone online and changed his. Something new to keep in mind if you are living here in The Netherlands. After waiting an hour, we were finally called. But unfortunately, my name is not on the rental agreement so they could not register me. So much for being responsible. The lady was really mean too, that famous Netherlander service I've heard so much about. 

It is not too big of a deal, we just had to call the apartment people, and they have sent us a form in which we have to fill out and the process could take weeks. We called IND and they said it was ok, I just have to report within 3 months of landing, not the 3 days that I had originally read. So, at first I had a freakout, but now I am ok! We just didn't read anywhere about the rental agreement so I thought I should tell you. Other than that, things are going good so far. I have just been busy trying to get our new place ready to move in!  

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I'm sorry you got a mean woman. I guess we've been lucky in that most people I've dealt with at the Gemeente and IND have been more than friendly and helpful. Don't worry. Freak-outs are pretty normal in the beginning, but it rarely turns out to be as bad as expected.