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Long term resident EU

You have the status of a long-term resident EU in another EU country. You want to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands. What are the conditions for this residence permit? And how does the application procedure work?

​When am I a long-term resident EU?

You are a long-term resident EU when you:

  • have an EU residence permit for long-term residents in the Netherlands; or
  • have this status in another EU country.  And you have applied for or received a temporary residence permit in the Netherlands.

This page explains how you can apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands when you have the status of an EU long-term resident in another EU country. You can check to see of you have the status of long-term resident EU.

Do you have a residence permit in the Netherlands and you wish to apply for the status of long-term resident EU? Please check page Application for status long-term resident.

Apply for residence permit in the Netherlands

Your residence permit as long-term resident EU from another EU country is not valid in the Netherlands. You therefore have to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands. You have to meet the national conditions that apply for the purpose of residence for which you come to the Netherlands.

For example, you wish to work in the Netherlands. You apply for a residence permit to work. If you wish to study in the Netherlands, then apply for a residence permit for study. You can check the conditions on the page of the specific purpose of residence.

Advantages as long-term resident EU

Having the status of a long-term resident EU, gives you a number of advantages:

  • You do not need the provisional residence permit (mvv) to travel to the Netherlands. You can travel to the Netherlands directly.
  • Do you wish to apply for a residence permit to work in paid employment? You can do this yourself. Your employer does not have to do this for you. The IND will, however, appoint your employer as sponsor.
  • Do you wish to apply for a residence permit to work in paid employment? You then only need a work permit for the first 12 months. Other foreign nationals must have a work permit for 5 years.

Residence as an economically inactive long-term resident EU

You can also come to the Netherlands as an economically inactive person. This means that you are not going to work, but only to live in the Netherlands.

Conditions

There are certain conditions that apply to everyone. Do you want to stay in the Netherlands as an economically inactive long-term resident EU? Then the following additional condition applies to you:

  • You have a sufficient independent long-term income. It is not relevant what type of income you have. For example, income from an inheritance, alimony, real estate, employment abroad, benefits or retirement.

Costs

This application costs € 174.

Checklist documents

The application form lists the documents that you must enclose with the application.

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

 

After the application

Collect your residence permit

The IND aims to have your residence permit ready within 2 weeks following your arrival in the Netherlands. The IND will send you a letter indicating when you can collect your residence permit. For this, you have to make an appointment online at the IND desk stated in the letter. Keep in mind that it is not always possible to visit an IND desk at short notice. Therefore, please schedule an appointment in time.

Check to see if the information on your residence permit is correct while you are still at the IND desk. If something is incorrect, please inform the IND staff member at once.

Registration with the municipality

Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you must register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP)  in the municipality you are going to live.

To register with the municipality you need a legalised and translated  birth certificate. Take this therefore with you when you travel to the Netherlands.

Please contact your municipality in advance to check which (legalised and translated) documents/ certificates you need to take with you.

TB test

You have indicated your intent to undergo a tuberculosis test (TB test) when you applied. You have to make an appointment for this with the Area Health Authority (GGD). You do this within 3 months after having received your residence permit. Please take the 'TB test referral form' with you to the appointment.

In some cases you are exempt from taking a TB test.

Take out health insurance

Anyone living in the Netherlands must take out health insurance. You do this within 4 months following your arrival in the Netherlands.

Validity residence permit

​The residence permit for a stay as an economically inactive long-term resident is valid for 5 years.

Right to work

The back of your residence permit shows if you are allowed to work.

Legal obligations

​There are a number of legal obligations that apply to you.

The IND monitors your compliance with these legal obligations. Failure to meet these legal obligations may have consequences.

Further applications (extend or change) / return visa

Replace residence permit

Is your residence permit damaged, lost or stolen? In that case, have the residence permit replaced.

Extend residence permit

Is your residence permit due to expire soon? Apply for an extension.

Change residence permit

Has something changed in your situation that influences your residence permit? Please report this immediately to the IND. It may mean that the residence permit has to be changed.

Permanent stay

Having had a residence permit for a period of 5 years, you may apply for a permanent residence permit.

Becoming a Dutch citizen

Having had a residence permit for a period of 5 years, you may apply for Dutch citizenship.

Return visa

If you are awaiting a procedure, you do not have a valid residence document at present and you wish to travel outside the Netherlands, you may need a return visa to re-enter the Netherlands. This could be the case if your current residence permit is no longer valid or your current residence permit will expire during your stay outside of the Netherlands. To apply for a return visa you must meet certain conditions. ​

formal decision

​A formal letter with the decision on your application.