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    posted by  Jess K in Netherlands forum 

    Hi George,

    You're right about the Shengen Treaty. The Netherlands shows no special treatment to US citizens. US citizens are only allowed to stay here in the Netherlands or any other country who is part of the Shengen Treaty for a period of 3 months and not more. They must then leave for a period of 3 months before they are welcome back (this is without a residence permit, of course). The Netherlands is quite strict on who they will allow to stay here, regardless of their purpose of stay or country of citizenship.

    I can tell you this first-hand as an American who has been living in the Netherlands for a while now. I think there is some false notion of hope going around among US citizens that they can move anywhere they want to because they hold a US passport, but that just isn't so.

    Hope that answers your question!

    Have a great day!

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