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Applying for a different residence permit

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?

When do I need to apply for a different residence permit?

You have received a temporary regular residence permit for a specific purpose. For instance, you are living with your spouse or partner, or with your parents. Or you are a student or employed. You are only entitled to this residence permit if you fulfil the requirements for this residence permit. If you no longer fulfil these requirements, you have to apply for a different residence permit.

Some examples:

  • You have got a residence permit for stay with your spouse and you are divorced. Or you and your partner or registered partner have split up and you are no longer living together.
  • You have got a residence permit to work in paid employment but are no longer employed. Sometimes you are given a period of 3 months to find another job.
  • You have got a residence permit for stay with your parents, but now you're married or have a house of your own.
  • You have got a residence permit for study purposes but you quit your studies or graduated.

Which other residence permit can I apply for?

Which other type of residence permit you can apply for depends on your personal situation.

Some examples:

You have currently got a residence permit for stay with a family member or relative

  • You have got a residence permit for stay with your spouse or partner, but you are now divorced. If you have been living in the Netherlands for a period of 5 years with your temporary residence permit for stay with your spouse or partner, you may qualify for an independent residence permit or a permanent residence permit. Or if you've got a job, you may qualify for a residence permit to work in paid employment.
  • You have got a residence permit for stay with your spouse or partner. Your spouse or partner has died. You may qualify for an independent residence permit. Or if you've got a job, you may qualify for a residence permit to work in paid employment.
  • You have had a residence permit for stay with your parents or adopted parents/foster parents for 1 year. Then you may qualify for an independent residence permit.
  • You have got a residence permit for stay with one or both of your parents or adoptive parents/foster parents. Your father or mother has died. Then you may qualify for an independent residence permit.
  • You have got a residence permit for stay with a family member or relative. You have become a victim of domestic violence or honour-related violence. You are likely to qualify for a residence permit as a victim of domestic violence or honour-related violence.

You have got a residence permit to work in paid employment.

  • You have got a residence permit to work in paid employment, but you are no longer employed. You have got a Dutch partner. Then you may qualify for a residence permit for stay with your partner.
  • You have got a highly skilled migrant residence permit, but you are no longer employed. You found a new job, but you do not earn enough for a highly skilled migrant residence permit. Instead you may qualify for a residence permit to work in paid employment.

You have got a residence permit for study purposes

You have got a residence permit for exchange purposes

  • You are currently an au pair. You would like to study. Then you may qualify for a residence permit for study purposes.
  • You have got a residence permit for exchange purposes and have fallen in love with someone in the Netherlands. Then you may qualify for a residence permit for stay with your partner.
  • You are here on a working holiday. Your employer has given you a job and would like you to keep working for him. Your residence permit is expiring soon. You may qualify for a residence permit to work in paid employment.

How do I apply for a residence permit?

You can apply for a different residence permit by filing a new application for the residence permit you would like to apply for now. Please consult the page of the residence permit for which you would like to apply for the conditions, application procedure, costs of an application and the application forms. Please use the menu in the purple navigation bar to go to the page you need.

Do you have a nationality for which a Regular Provisional Residence Permit (mvv) is required? There is no need to apply for a new Regular Provisional Residence Permit (mvv) in order to apply for a different residence permit. You can submit your application directly in the Netherlands. Click on the tab "Without mvv" on the page of your new residence permit for the procedure and application forms.

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