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Condition for a residence permit for your family member: income

​You want to apply for a residence permit for your family member to live with you in the Netherlands. As the applicant you are the sponsor of your family member. One of the conditions of this residence permit is that you (the sponsor) have income. On this page you will read the income requirements. And when you do not have to meet the income requirement.

The income requirements are:

  1. You earn an independent income: this is an income for which you have paid taxes and social security contributions.
  2. Your income is sustainable: this means that you receive your income for a longer period.
  3. You have sufficient income: this means that your income is high enough.

The requirements are now explained further.

1. You earn an independent income

An independent income is an income that you earn yourself and for which you have paid taxes and social security contributions. Read if you income is independent.

2. Your income is sustainable

Your income from paid employment is sustainable if you will receive the income for another 12 months. For example, you have an open-ended contract (permanent contract) or a temporary contract that is still valid for at least 12 months.

Is your temporary contract valid for less than 12 months?

Then your income is sustainable if your contract is still valid for a minimum of 6 months. And in the 12 months before your application you have received a salary of at least the required amount. You do not have to have earned the required amount every month, but your income for the whole year should be enough: 12 x the required amount.

But in those 12 months you may not have received unemployment benefits or a benefit for long-term illness. You also may not have received any public funds.

Did you receive unemployment benefits or benefits for long-term illness? Or do you have a flexible contract? Then the IND will look at your income of the last 3 years.

Would you like more information? Or do you not work in paid employment?

Read the page When is my income sustainable? for more information on the sustainability of your income.

3. You have sufficient income

The amount you have to earn, is called the required amount. The required amount equals the statutory minimum wage. Or 70% of the statutory minimum wage for a single parent that wants a child to live with you in the Netherlands. The statutory minimum wage and the required amount change every 6 months, on 1 January and 1 July. Check the required amount for you. And read how the required amount is calculated for your income.

You may add up different incomes to meet the required income

You can, for example, add up income from different employers. Or a salary in paid employment and profit from your own company. Each income should, however, meet the requirements for that income. All incomes together should at least equal the required amount.

You may count the income of your partner

Are you submitting an application for a (foster) child, adoption child or other family member? Then you can count the income of your partner. The following conditions apply:

  • You and your partner live together.
  • Your partner is a Dutch national or has a Dutch residence permit.

Both your incomes should meet the requirements. This means both need to be independent and sustainable. To meet the required amount you can add up the independent and sustainable incomes.

Sometimes you do not have to show income

Some people cannot meet the income requirements due to special circumstances. They are exempted from the income requirement. This applies to the following situations:

You receive AOW (Dutch old age benefit) or you have the AOW age

The Dutch government is slowly increasing the AOW age. Therefore, the AOW age is not the same for everyone. You can check if you have the AOW age.

Your are permanently and fully unable to work

This means that you cannot work at all or only in sheltered employment. And changes are high that this situation will stay the same. If you are permanently and fully unable to work for the IND, depends on the benefit you receive.

WAO, WAZ or Wajong (Wet Wajong valid untill 31 December 2009)

The decision awarding you the benefit states you are fully unable to work. And the last overview of your benefit shows you still receive at least the same amount. You have received this overview at least 1 year later than the decision awarding you the benefit. You are allowed to work in sheltered employment (Wet sociale werkvoorziening, Wsw).

WIA

You receive a IVA benefit. The decision awarding you the IVA or the last reassessment shows no chance you will get better. Or the decision awarding you the benefit and the last reassessment shows a small chance you will get better. You are allowed to work in sheltered employment (Wet sociale werkvoorziening, Wsw).

Do you receive a WGA? Than you are not permanently and fully unable to work. You are not exempted from the income requirement.

Wajong, law valid as of 1 January 2010

You cannot work. Also not in the future. The decision awarding you the Wajong and/or the last reassessment shows no chance you will get better. Or the decision awarding you the Wajong and the last reassessment shows a small chance you will get better. You are allowed to work in sheltered employment (Wet sociale werkvoorziening, Wsw).

Other benefit

Do you receive another benefit, for example from the Participatiewet? Then you should have been unable to work for a minimum of 2 years. And the coming 12 months you are not likely to get (partially) better. Due to the reasons of your incapacity to work it cannot be expected that you will get (partially) better after those 12 months.  

You are permanently unable to meet the requirement to work

Anyone who receives a benefit from the Dutch Participatiewet (for example, social benefit or bijstand) is obliged to cooperate in finding a job. This is called the requirement to work. The municipality can exempt someone from this obligation. Have you been exempted from the requirement to work for 5 years already? And are you still exempted for another year on the date the IND receives your application? Then the IND will not look at your income.

You have a residence permit as a victim of human trafficking or of honour-related or domestic violence

And the back of your residence permit says under bijzonderheden: tijdelijke humanitaire gronden (temporary humanitarian reasons). The IND will not reject the application for the residence permit for stay with a family member when your income does not meet the requirements.