Bernard Visagie arrived in the Netherlands in September 2021, together with his wife Simone. Read more about the experiences of Bernard.
Bernard, why did you emigrate to the Netherlands?
I considered the prospect of emigration for a number of years and Europe was always one of the top destinations I had in mind, the prospect of a stable country and being on the rest of Europe’s doorstep was very appealing to me and my wife.
Can you tell us something how you do like the Netherlands?
We are both enjoying settling into the Netherlands. Biggest difference apart from the climate would be the language. Even as a native Afrikaans speaker I would not say it’s something you will just pick up and speak quickly.
Please tell us something about the projects you are currently working on.
I’m currently part of a dedicated team working on a project for a large logistics automation company; and I am assisting with activities related to quality assurance through automation.
Did the process of emigration go smoothly?
Aside from the required paperwork, which can be a bit quite difficult to obtain in South Africa the process went quite smoothly.
Can you explain to the South Africans who are considering to go overseas how you did experience the support from us?
The experience with summit developers was really impressive, they assisted with every step in getting us here safely, we could not have asked for more!