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Other reasons

You wish to live in the Netherlands. You need a residence permit to live in the Netherlands.

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

EU long term resident

You have the status EU long term resident in another EU Member State. You want to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands.

Read more on the advantages you have and how to apply

Medical treatment

You want to get medical treatment in the Netherlands for an illness that cannot be treated in your country of origin.

Read more about the conditions and application procedure

Honour related and domestic violence

You are a victim of honour related or domestic violence. You do not have a residence permit or you have a residence permit to stay with a family member.

Read more about the conditions and application procedure 

Victim or witnes of human trafficking

You are a victim of human trafficking. Or you are a witnes of human trafficking and have filed a report to the police.

Read more about the conditions and application procedure

Return to the Netherlands

You are a former Dutch citizen or you have lived in the Netherlands before with a residence permit. You want to return to the Netherlands.

Read more about the conditions and application procedure

Stay based on Article 8 ECHR

The ECHR is the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Article 8 of the ECHR protects the right to private and family life. Do you feel you have a right to respect for your private or family life in the Netherlands? And you do not meet the conditions for a residence permit? You may rely on Article 8 ECHR when you apply.

Placement in a foster home or institution based on the Hague Convention on Protection of Children

When can a child get a residence permit? When the Central Authority (CA) of the Ministry of Security and Justice as well as the Central Authority of the country of origin have, in advance, agreed upon to placement in a foster home or institution based on the Hague Convention on Protection of Children. The authority has to be arranged by the authorities in the country of origin. The Dutch CA will give this information to the IND.

For a temporary placement, you apply for a residence permit on temporary humanitarian grounds. Do you wish to stay in the Netherlands until you become of age? Please then apply for a residence permit on non-temporary humanitarian grounds.

The long-term residence of children

Are you younger than 19 years of age? And you have applied for a temporary asylum residence permit at least 5 years before you turned 18? And you have lived in the Netherlands since that application? You may get a residence permit if:

  • You have not escaped the supervision of the IND, DT&V, COA or the Aliens Police or the guardianship agency Nidos for more than 3 months in a row.
  • You notify in writing that you withdraw all the procedures for an asylum residence permit if you get this residence permit.

Unable to leave the Netherlands due to no-fault of your own

You may be able to get a residence permit if you cannot leave the Netherlands through no fault of your own. There are strict rules for this residence permit.

Humanitarian non-temporary

Some of the residence permits allow you to apply for a residence permit on non-temporary humanitarian grounds after a certain amount of time. This is possible in the following situations:

  • You have a residence permit to stay with a family member.
  • You have a residence permit to undergo medical treatment.
  • You have a residence permit as a victim or witness reporting human trafficking and the criminal proceedings are still on-going.
  • You have a residence permit as a victim of (potential) honour-related or (potential) domestic violence.
  • You have a residence permit to stay with your spouse or partner. And there are compelling humanitarian grounds.
  • You have a residence permit on the grounds that you are unable to leave the Netherlands due to no-fault of your own.

Read more about the conditions and the application procedure

Foreign investor

You invest a large amount of money in a Dutch company. You could get a residence permit to also live in the Netherlands.

Read more about the conditions and the application procedure

International conventions

Turkish Association Agreement: this agreement allows Turkish employees to stay in the Netherlands. There are special rules for Turkish nationals who want to work or already work and their family members.

Dutch-American Friendship Treaty: this treaty enables American self-employed persons to set up a business in the Netherlands. Also American company representatives can get a residence permit based on this treaty.

Dutch-Japanese Trade Agreement: this agreement enables Japanese self-employed persons to set up a business in the Netherlands. Also Japanese company representatives can get a residence permit based on this treaty.

Dutch-German Convention on Establishment: this convention allows German citizens who do not derive rights from the community law to stay here under certain conditions.

Former privileged persons and their family members

You have worked in the Netherlands for a diplomatic mission or consular post. Your employment contract has ended. You wish to stay in the Netherlands. You can get a residence permit if you have lived in the Netherlands for at least 10 years having a privileged status. Have you worked for an international organisation that has not yet been established in the Netherlands for 10 years? You can then get a residence permit after 5 years. There are a number of conditions.

Also spouses or partners and children of former privileged persons can get a residence permit. Immediately before you apply for the residence permit, you have lived in the Netherlands as a dependant of the privileged person. There are a number of conditions for the residence permit.

Family members of soldiers Joint Force Command Headquarters

You are a family member of a soldier. And this soldier is stationed in the Netherlands at the Joint Force Command Headquarters in Brunssum. You can get a residence permit if the soldier is a privileged person.

 

Study in Aachen and living in Kerkrade or Heerlen

On 1 April 2016, the pilot scheme Accommodation non-EU Aachen University Students has started. This is a collaboration between the municipality of Aachen in Germany, the municipality of Kerkrade and the Dutch Minister for Migration. The pilot is for 5 years. Would you like to know more about the pilot and the application of the residence permit? Please then contact the municipality of Kerkrade.

​Would you like more information on the purposes of stay listed on this page and the application procedure? Please contact the IND.

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.

  

Application forms and costs

Aanvraag voor een ‘machtiging tot voorlopig verblijf – op grond van het Haags Kinderbeschermingsverdrag’7055

Use this form if:

  • you are the legal representative of a minor foreign national; and
  • the child will be placed in a foster home or institution in the Netherlands based on the Hague Convention on Protection of Children; and
  • the child has an mvv-required nationality.

Checklist documents

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

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

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 0.

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Notification of an application for a regular residence permit under Article 8 ECHR/humanitarian grounds7549

Use this form if you want to start an application for one of the following purposes:

  • To lead your family life under Article 8 ECHR;
  • To lead your personal life under Article 8 ECHR;
  • Because you are unable to depart from the Netherlands through no fault of your own;
  • Repatriation on grounds of the Repatriation Act;
  • Because you are a westernised school-going Afghan underage woman, her parent, or a brother or sister;
  • Because you are temporarily placed in a foster home or institution in the Netherlands on grounds of the ‘Hague convention on protection of children’;
  • other humanitarian grounds.

Checklist documents

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

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

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 0.​

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Application for a residence permit with the purpose of residence being ‘family members and relatives’ (sponsor)7518

Use this form if your partner starts the application.

Checklist documents

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

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

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 237.

  • Are you applying for Residence with a family member pursuant to Section 8 ECHR in connection with insufficient income?  You do not pay for the application when you attach the following documents to your application:
    • AT-2 personal income statement, issued by the Legal Aid Council (Raad voor Rechtsbijstand), showing that the principal person did not have any income in the relevant year and does not have any assets;
    • Means of evidence showing that the foreign national and/or the sponsor cannot obtain sufficient funds at short notice to pay the fees of the application. The foreign national and the sponsor also have to show that they cannot turn to family members or other elegible third parties. You can, for example, show evidence of applications for loans (with family, friends/acquaintances and banks) that are not granted.
  • Are you from San Marino or Israel? Based on the Benelux Treaty you do not pay for the application.
  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Or is your partner a Turkish national and does your partner have the right to work in the Netherlands? Your application costs € 64.

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Application for a residence permit with the purpose of residence ‘family and relatives’ (foreign national)7525

Use this form if you are going to start the application yourself.

Checklist documents

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

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

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 237.

  • Are you applying for Residence with a family member pursuant to Section 8 ECHR in connection with insufficient income?  You do not pay for the application when you attach the following documents to your application:
    • AT-2 personal income statement, issued by the Legal Aid Council (Raad voor Rechtsbijstand), showing that the principal person did not have any income in the relevant year and does not have any assets;
    • Means of evidence showing that the foreign national and/or the sponsor cannot obtain sufficient funds at short notice to pay the fees of the application. The foreign national and the sponsor also have to show that they cannot turn to family members or other elegible third parties. You can, for example, show evidence of applications for loans (with family, friends/acquaintances and banks) that are not granted.
  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Or is your partner a Turkish national and does your partner have the right to work in the Netherlands? Your application costs € 51.

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Application for a residence permit with the purpose of residence ’temporary humanitarian’ (foreign national)7526

Use this form if you want to apply for a residence permit, because:

  • you cannot leave through no fault of your own; or
  • a child protection order is in place.

Checklist documents

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

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

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 0.

  • Are you unable to leave the Netherlands through no fault of your own? You pay € 317.

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Application for a residence permit with the purpose of residence ’non-temporary humanitarian’7527

Use this form if you want to apply for:

  • a residence permit for continued residence;
  • the regulation for long-term resident children;
  • placement in a foster home or institution based on the Hague Convention on Protection of Children;
  • to lead your private life under Article 8 ECHR; or
  • other humanitarian grounds.

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.

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible (clear enough to be read).
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 1003.

  • Are you a victim or a witness reporting human trafficking or an illegal victim of domestic violence? Your application costs € 371.
  • Are you applying for the residence permit humanitarian non-temporary after a stay with a family member? Your application costs € 237. This is also the amount for an application following domestic or honour-related violence or abandonment.
  • Are you under 18 years old and are your applying for the residence permit humanitarian non-temporary after a stay with a family member? Your application costs € 51.
  • Are you applying for the regulation for long-term resident children. Your application costs € 159.

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Application for a residence permit in connection with the Convention between the European Union and Turkey7531

Use this form if you are a Turkish national or family member of a Turkish national and you want to apply for a residence permit for:

  • work in paid employment under the EEC-Turkey Association Agreement;
  • job-seeking year after termination of marriage;
  • continued residence after job-seeking year;
  • three-year policy;
  • work as a highly skilled migrant or scientific researcher under Directive 2005/71/EC.

Checklist documents

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

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

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 51.

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Application for a residence permit with the purpose of residence ‘to work on a self-employed basis’7524

Use this form if you want to apply for:

  • work based on the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty; or
  • work based on the Dutch-Japanese Trade Agreement.

Checklist documents

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

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

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible (clear enough to be read).
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 1319.

  • Do you have the status long term resident EU in another EU country? Your application costs [Langdurige ingezetene die deze status heeft gekregen in een ander EU-land$zondermvvbedrag].​

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Aanvraag EU verblijfsvergunning voor langdurig ingezetenen of een verblijfsvergunning voor onbepaalde tijd6009

​Use this form if you are a former privileged person or the dependant of a former privileged person. You have lived in the Netherlands as a privileged person for at least 10 years.

Checklist documents

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

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

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.

Costs application

This application costs € 159.

  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Your application costs € 51.

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