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Positive decision on application for residence permit: what should I still do?

​Have you received a positive decision on your application for a residence permit? You still have to to arrange a few matters. You can read on this page what you still have to do. 

For whom is this page?

You have received a positive decision on your application for a regular residence permit. You can now collect your provisional residence permit (mvv) and travel to the Netherlands. In the Netherlands you have to arrange a few matters.

Please note! The information on this page does not apply to applications for a asylum residence permit.

Travel to the Netherlands

Are you still abroad? You will then travel to the Netherlands.

Collecting your provisional residence permit (mvv)

Have you applied for a provisional residence permit (mvv)? You must then first collect the mvv at the Netherlands Embassy or Consulate your sponsor filled in on the application form. Read more about picking up the mvv and travelling to the Netherlands.

Make an appointment for having biometric data taken

Have you not applied for an mvv? And have you not yet had biometrics taken? Then make an appointment for having biometric data taken. A staff member of an IND desk will take your fingerprints and take a passport photo of you. These are needed to make your residence document. Make an appointment for having biometric data taken.

Collecting your residence document

The IND tries to have your residence document ready within 2 weeks after taking your biometrics. You will receive a letter if you can collect your residence document at an IND desk. Make an appointment to collect your residence document.

Making an application for review

Do you disagree with something in your decision? For example the validity of your residence permit. Or your employment status. You can then make an application for review once you have collected your residence document. Read more about applying for review of a decision of the IND.

You and your sponsor have legal obligations with which you must comply.

Arrangements when you are in the Netherlands

As you are going to reside in the Netherlands, you still have to arrange a few matters.

Registering with a local authority

Register with the local authority in which you will be living. Your details will then be entered in the BRP. Read more about the Personal Records Database (BRP).

Make an appointment at the Municipal Health Service (GGD)

Did you declare in the application that you will have a TB test? You must then have yourself examined within 3 months after you received the permit. You have to make an appointment at the GGD to do this. Take the annex TB Test Referral Form along to the appointment at the GGD. Fill in your personal details yourself. The GGD staff member will fill in the rest of the form. See the website of the GGD for more information on the TB test.

Please note! If you do not do the TB test within 3 months, the IND can revoke your residence permit.

Taking out healthcare insurance

Everyone who lives in the Netherlands has to take out healthcare insurance. You should do this within 4 months of arriving in the Netherlands. Read more about healthcare insurance in the Netherlands.