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Obligations of the foreign national

If you come to the Netherlands you have an obligation to provide information. The obligation to provide information applies during and after the procedure.

The obligation to provide information means that you must inform the IND of changes in your situation. 

Obligation to provide information during the procedure

This applies before you have picked up the residence permit. You must report changes that can influence the decision of the IND. For example:

  • You no longer meet the conditions for the residence permit for which you applied.
  • You no longer wish to come to the Netherlands.
  • You must also report changes the IND needs to know for our records. For example:
  • You have moved to a different address.
  • You wish to pick up your provisional residence permit at a different embassy.

What if you no longer have a right to the provisional or regular residence permit because of the change? Then the IND can reject your application or revoke your provisional or regular residence permit.

Notify the IND of a change immediately by letter.

Do you have a (recognised) sponsor in the Netherlands? Notify your sponsor of the change. Your sponsor will notify the IND of the change.

Obligation to provide information after the procedure

This applies after you have picked up the residence permit. You must report changes that could have consequences for your residence permit. For example:

  • You have applied for a social welfare benefit.
  • You no longer meet the conditions of your residence permit.
  • You start working when you are not allowed to work. Or you do work that is not allowed under your residence permit.
  • You have moved house and did not inform the municipality in time.
  • You are going to leave or have left the Netherlands.

What if you no longer meet the conditions of your residence permit because of the change? Then the IND may revoke your residence permit.

Notify the IND of a change within 4 weeks using the notification form. What if your change does not appear on the notification form? Then explain your change in a separate letter. Send the letter together with the notification form to the IND.

Notifying change of address

Are you going to move house? You can notify the municipality in person, in writing and often digitally as well. You must do this 4 weeks before or no later than 5 days after your address changes. Then you do not need to notify the IND of your change of address. The IND receives a notice from the municipality.

Not notifying the municipality of the change of address on time

You must then inform the IND yourself. The IND can impose a fine on you if you do not report your change of address or emigration.

Enforcement

The IND checks whether you comply with the obligation to provide information. If you do not, you can receive a warning or an administrative fine.

Will the Dutch government remove you from the Netherlands? The IND can then have you pay the costs of your removal.