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Change purpose of stay and application humanitarian non-temporary

You have a residence permit in the Netherlands. Your situation or the purpose of your stay has changed. You have to change your residence permit for this. What are the conditions for this new residence permit? And how does the application procedure work?

Other conditions apply to persons with the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and their family members.

Has your personal situation changed and does this change have consequences for your right of residence? You have to change your residence permit. You also have to change your residence permit if the purpose of your stay has changed.

Examples of a change include:

  • You have a residence permit to stay with your spouse and you are now divorced.
  • You have a residence permit for work in paid employment, however, you no longer have any work.
  • You have a residence permit to live with your parents, but you are now married or you have a home of your own.

Are you not changing the purpose of your stay, however, for example only changing employer or educational institution? A notification of this change to the IND is then usually enough.

Conditions and application form

Do you have to change your residence permit to another residence permit? Please check the page of the residence permit you wish to apply for. There you will find the conditions and the application form.

For example, you have a residence permit for study and you now wish to look for a job in the Netherlands? Please then check Look for work after having completed a study, a doctoral programme or scientific research. Or, you have a residence permit as an au pair and you now wish to study. You then check the theme Study.

Applications humanitarian non-temporary

In some cases, you can change your residence permit to a residence permit on non-temporary humanitarian grounds. This is possible:

  • after a stay with a family member;
  • after a stay as a victim or witness reporting human trafficking;
  • after a stay as a victim of domestic or honour-related violence;
  • after a stay because you cannot leave the Netherlands through no fault of your own; or
  • after a stay for medical treatment.

When you read 'Conditions' you will see when you may apply for these residence permits on non-temporary humanitarian grounds.

Conditions

There are certain conditions that apply to everyone. In addition to these conditions, the following conditions apply to you:

After relationship or marriage

  • You have had a residence permit for 5 years to stay with your spouse or partner;
  • Your (ex) spouse or partner is a Dutch citizen or has a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose;
  • In the past 5 years there has been no reason to revoke your residence permit; and
  • You have the civic integration diploma or you are exempt from taking this exam.

After death of spouse or partner

  • Your spouse or partner was a Dutch citizen or had a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose;
  • Your main residence was and still is in the Netherlands; and
  • You have (had) a residence permit to stay with your spouse or partner.

After a stay as a minor child with parent(s)

After a stay as an adopted or related foster child

  • You have had a residence permit for 1 year to stay with your parent(s);
  • Your parent is a Dutch citizen or has a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose; and
  • There has been no reason to revoke your residence permit during that year.

After death of parent

  • Your parent was a Dutch citizen or had a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose;
  • Your main residence was and still is in the Netherlands; and
  • You have (had) a residence permit to stay with your parent.

After a stay as a victim of human trafficking who cannot or does not want to report this

  • You have had a residence permit as a victim of human trafficking for at least 1 year and you cannot or do not want to report this; and
  • The threat or the physical or psychological illness preventing you from cooperating in the criminal proceedings still exists.

Is the threat or physical or psychological illness no longer there? But are there multiple compelling humanitarian grounds related to the trafficking in human beings? Can you not leave the Netherlands because of this? You, too, may get the residence permit for non-temporary humanitarian grounds.

After a stay as a victim of domestic or honour-related violence

  • You have had a residence permit for at least 1 year as a victim of domestic of honour-related violence; and
  • The treat of the domestic or honour-related violence still exists.

Is the threat no longer there? However, are there multiple compelling humanitarian grounds for which you have to stay in the Netherlands? You, too, may get the residence permit for non-temporary humanitarian grounds. Compelling humanitarian grounds may include:

  • The situation of single women in your country of origin;
  • The social situation of women in your country or origin;
  • There is no proper reception in your country of origin;
  • You have children who are born in the Netherlands or who go to school here;
  • The ties you have with the Netherlands.

After a stay as human trafficking victim

  • You have a residence permit because you are a victim of human trafficking; and
  • You have reported the trafficking in human beings or have cooperated in the criminal proceedings in another way; and
  • The offender of human trafficking is convicted. There is no possibility for an appeal anymore; or
  • The offender of human trafficking has not been convicted. However, you have already had the residence permit as a victim of human trafficking for 3 years or more; or
  • The criminal proceedings are still ongoing and you already had the residence permit as a victim of human trafficking for 3 years.

Do you not meet these conditions? But are there special individual circumstances related to the trafficking in human beings? You, too, may get the residence permit for non-temporary humanitarian grounds. The IND looks at:

  • The risk of revenge on you or your family. The IND checks if the authorities in your country of origin are willing and able to protect you.
  • The risk of you being prosecuted in your country of origin. For example, for prostitution.
  • The chances you have of being re-integrated in society in your country of origin.

After a stay as a witness reporting human trafficking

  • You have a residence permit because you are a witness of human trafficking and you have reported this. Or, you have cooperated in the criminal proceedings in another way.
  • There are special individual circumstances in connection to the trafficking in human beings that prevent you from leaving the Netherlands. The IND looks at:
  • The risk of revenge on you or your family. The IND checks if the authorities in your country of origin are willing and able to protect you.
  • The risk of you being prosecuted in your country of origin. For example, for prostitution.
  • The chances you have of being re-integrated in society in your country of origin.

After a stay for medical treatment

  • You already have a residence permit for medical treatment for 3 years. Or, you have been granted a postponement of departure according to Article 64 of the Aliens Act for 1 year and directly after this a residence permit for medical treatment for 2 years;
  • Your medical treatment will be necessary at least for 1 more year;
  • In the past 3 years there has been no reason to revoke your residence permit; and
  • You still meet the conditions for the residence permit for medical treatment.

After a stay because you cannot leave the Netherlands through no fault of your own

  • You have had a residence permit for temporary humanitarian reasons for 3 years because you cannot leave the Netherlands.
  • You still meet the conditions for a residence permit for humanitarian temporary because you cannot leave the Netherlands.
  • There are no other reasons to refuse the residence permit.

Other conditions may apply for Turkish nationals and their family members.

Checklist for documents

The application form lists the documents that you have to enclose with the application.

 

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