Other reasons

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

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 for the status EU long-term resident

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 how to apply for a residence permit to return to the Netherlands

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 how to apply for a residence permit medical treatment

Victim of 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 how to apply for a residence permit as a victim of honour related and domestic violence 

Victim or witness of human trafficking

You are a victim of human trafficking. Or you are a witness of human trafficking and have filed a report to the police. Did you officially report the human trafficking to the police? Then the police will inform the IND. The IND will decide if you will get a residence permit. Can you not officially report the human trafficking to the police? Then you can apply for a residence permit yourself. You will find the application form on this page under 'Application forms and costs'.

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. In case you do not meet the conditions for a residence permit, you may appeal to Article 8 ECHR. It then will be assessed, based on your individual situation, whether or not you are eligible for residency in the Netherlands.

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 Justice and Security 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.

Child subject to a child protection order (family supervision order)

The judge has decided that your child should be taken into care. What does this mean for your child's residence in the Netherlands?

Does your child have a residence permit? Usually your child can keep this residence permit.

Does your child not (yet) have a residence permit? Your child may be able to get a residence permit based on temporary humanitarian grounds due to family supervision. You (parent) and brothers and sisters may also be able to get a residence permit. But only when the child taken into care has received a permit.

Child subject to a child protection order (termination of parental authority)

The judge has terminated your parental authority over your child. And the judge has appointed a guardian. What does this mean for your child's residence in the Netherlands?

Does your child have a residence permit to live with you? Then your child cannot keep this residence permit. The guardian will submit an application for a residence permit on non-temporary humanitarian grounds.

If your child does not have a residence permit, then the guardian can apply for a residence permit on non-temporary humanitarian grounds.

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.  For example, you yourself should have tried to leave the Netherlands. And you must have gone to the Repatriation and Departure Service (DT&V) for help to leave. DT&V should have given a positive, weighty advice.  Would you like more information? Please contact your supervisor at the DT&V.

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 as a child with a child protection measure.
  • 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 how to apply for a residence permit humanitarian non-temporary for continued residence

Terminal phase of an illness

You are in the Netherlands and are terminally ill. You will no longer receive medical treatment and you will only receive palliative care. You may receive a residence permit.

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 how to apply for a residence permit as a foreign investor

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.
Read more about the conditions and how to apply for a residence permit as a self-employed on the grounds of the Dutch-American Friendship 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.
Read more about the conditions and how to apply for a residence permit as a self-employed on the grounds of the Dutch-Japanese Trade Agreement

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.

Benelux Treaty

This treaty allows Belgian and Luxembourg citizens to directly apply for a permanent residence permit.

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 been established in the Netherlands for less than 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 Ministry of Justice and Security. 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. 

​More information

For more information on these purposes of stay, 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.