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Decision periods

If you have submitted an application, you want to know as quickly as possible what the decision is. Here, you can read what the decision period is with respect to your application.

When the IND has received your application, they will send you an acknowledgement of receipt. This letter states when the IND has received your application. The letter also states the period within which the IND makes a decision. This is the decision period. The law often states within which period a decision has to be made.

What is the decision period with respect to my application?

Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 (Visa Code) prescribes a decision period of 15 days with respect to:

  • Application for a short stay visa

A statutory decision period of 90 days* applies to:

  • Application for a temporary regular residence permit with mvv (TEV-procedure)
  • Application for a temporary regular residence permit without mvv
  • Extension of a temporary regular residence permit
  • Change of purpose of stay of temporary regular residence permit
  • Application for permanent residence for family members of EU/EEA and Swiss citizens

*A statutory decision period of 60 days applies to an application for Scientific research, Study, Work experience as trainee or apprentice or Exchange under European Voluntary Service.

A statutory decision period of 6 months applies to:

  • Application for a permanent regular residence permit
  • Application for a residence permit long-term resident EC
  • Application for verification against EU Law (proof of lawful residence)
  • Application for a temporary asylum residence permit
  • Application for a permanent asylum residence permit
  • Application for an extension of a temporary asylum residence permit

A statutory decision period of 1 year applies to:

  • Application for naturalisation

A reasonable decision period of 90 days applies to:

  • Application for permanent residence by EU/EEA and Swiss citizens

A reasonable decision period of 8 weeks applies to:

  • Application for replacement of residence permit because it was stolen, lost or damaged
  • Application to renew the residence documents permanent residence, long-term resident EC or permanent residence for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens

When does the decision period start?

The statutory period for making a decision starts on the day that the application is received. The decision period for an asylum application starts on the day that the application for an asylum residence permit is signed.

The decision period for an application for naturalisation starts on the day that you paid the costs of the application. The decision period also starts once all the documents for the application are complete.

Extending the period for making a decision

The decision period may be extended. This is done when more time is needed. For example to conduct research. You will then receive a notification from the IND. The type of application determines the length of the extension of the decision period.

Application for a short stay visa

The period for making a decision may be extended by a maximum of 30 days if additional research is necessary. Are additional documents required? In that case, the decision period may sometimes be extended up to 60 days.

Regular application

The period for making a decision can be extended by a maximum of 6 months.

Did you forget to include documents? You then have 2 weeks to send the documents. Your decision period will then extend by 2 weeks.

Asylum application

The period for making a decision may be extended by a maximum of 9 months. This is done when many asylum applications have been submitted. In the event of a suspension of the decision, the decision period is extended by a maximum of 1 year.

Becoming a Dutch citizen (naturalisation application)

The period for making a decision can be extended for 6 months. After this extension the period of making a decision can be extended another time for 6 months. So in total the period for making a decision can be extended for 1 year.

Time limits for submitting and processing an application for review or appeal

Application for a short stay visa

You have to submit an application for review within 4 weeks after the date of the letter refusing your application. The IND will decide on the application for review within 12 weeks. The decision period of 12 weeks always starts on the last day on which you are able to submit an application for review. Even if you submit the application for review earlier.

Regular application

You have to submit an application for review within 4 weeks after the date of the letter refusing your application. The IND will decide on the application for review within 19 weeks. The decision period of 19 weeks always starts on the last day on which you are able to submit an application for review. Even if you submit the application for review earlier. This decision period can be extended by a maximum of 6 weeks.

Is the application for review not yet complete? You then have 2 weeks to send the documents. You or your lawyer will receive a letter about this. Your decision period will then extend by 2 weeks. The decision period can be extended by a maximum of 13 weeks if research is required.

Application asylum residence permit

You have the right to apply to the courts in the event of a rejection. You must appeal to the court within 4 weeks following the rejection. If the court declares the appellate proceedings as well-founded, the IND must then make a new decision within 3 months.

Application Dutch citizenship (naturalisation application)

You must submit an application for review within 6 weeks. The IND must make a decision on your application for review within 6 weeks. The decision period of 6 weeks always starts on the last day on which you are able to submit an application for review. Even if you submit the application for review earlier. This decision period can be extended by a maximum of 6 weeks.

 

Suspension of the decision

‚ÄčA suspension of the decision is an official decision by the State Secretary of Security and Justice that no decision will be taken in the asylum application. The State Secretary makes this decision when he expects the country will be unsafe for only a short time.