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Living in the Netherlands with a residence permit 'long-term resident EU' from another country

Last check: 20-09-2021

Are you a long-term EU resident in another country within the European Union (EU)? If so, you can apply for a Dutch residence permit. On this page you can find out when you are considered a long-term EU resident in another EU country and how to apply for a residence permit.

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Who is a long-term EU resident in another EU country?

You are a long-term EU resident if you have a long-term resident's EU residence permit in an European Union (EU) country other than the Netherlands. This is a permanent EU residence permit. If you have such a permit, you can move to another EU country more easily. Not all EU countries issue a long-term resident's EU residence permit. Your residence permit from the other EU country must include the text 'long-term EU resident' in the language of that country. Find out what description of a long-term EU resident needs to be included on your residence permit.

Application for a Dutch residence permit 'long-term resident EU'

This page only contains information for persons who are long-term EU residents in another EU country. Have you already had a residence permit in the Netherlands for 5 years or more? Find out about applying for the long-term resident's EU residence permit in the Netherlands.

Apply for a Dutch residence permit

A long-term resident's EU residence permit from another EU country does not entitle you to live in the Netherlands. You therefore need to apply for a Dutch residence permit.

Advantages as a long-term EU resident

You have a number of advantages as a long-term EU resident. Advantages when applying for a Dutch residence permit. And an advantage when you have received the Dutch residence permit.

Advantages when applying for a Dutch residence permit

When applying for a Dutch residence permit you have these advantages: 

You do not need a provisional residence permit (mvv)

As a long-term EU resident you do not need a provisional residence permit (machtiging tot voorlopig verblijf - mvv). The mvv is a long-stay visa. Anyone who applies for a Dutch residence permit usually also has to apply for an mvv.

You do not have to do an tuberculosis test

As a long-term EU resident you do not have to undergo a tuberculosis (TB) test when coming to the Netherlands. You have already been living in another EU country for a longer period and TB is not a common decease in Europe anymore. A TB test is therefore not necessary.

The costs of your application are lower

The application for a residence permit costs € 192. That amount applies to each application for a temporary residence permit.

You are allowed to live in the Netherlands as an economically inactive long-term EU resident

Economically inactive means that you will be living in the Netherlands, but not working. As a long-term EU resident you can apply for a residence permit for that purpose. Read more about the residence permit for an economically inactive long-term EU resident.

Advantage after you have received a residence permit

When you have received the Dutch residence permit you will also have this advantage:

After 12 months in the Netherlands you can work freely without a work permit (TWV)

Do you also need a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning – TWV) with your Dutch residence permit? As a long-term EU resident you only need a work permit for the first 12 months. After that period you are free to work in the Netherlands without a work permit. You have to apply for replacement of your residence document to get the notification 'arbeid vrij toegestaan' (work allowed without work permit). Only once you have received the residence permit with the notification 'arbeid vrij toegestaan', you are allowed to  work without a work permit. 

A TWV is a special work permit. By issuing a TWV, the government grants a company permission to employ a foreign worker. Foreign workers normally require a TWV for 5 years in order to work.

Temporary residence permit for a specific purpose of stay

You apply for a temporary residence permit. These permits always have a specific purpose of stay. The purpose of stay is the reason why you are coming to the Netherlands, e.g. to work, study or live with your partner. Every purpose of stay has different conditions. You can read about the conditions on the pages about the residence permit you want to apply for. There you can also read about how the application process works.

Separate written application form for long-term EU resident

There is a separate written form for long-term EU residents who want to apply for a Dutch residence permit. You can use that form for the following applications:

  • Residence permit for paid employment;
  • Residence permit for an intra-company transfer;
  • Residence permit for work on a self-employed basis;
  • Residence permit for work as a spiritual counsellor (spiritual leader or teacher);
  • Residence permit for cross-border services;
  • Residence permit for work experience;
  • Residence permit to stay as an economically inactive long-term resident;
  • Residence permit to stay with your partner (marriage, registered partnership or cohabitation as an unmarried couple).

Written application form for the foreign national

You can only submit this application in writing.

  1. Download the application form 'Application for a residence permit for a "long-term third country national from outside the EU" (foreign national)'.

  2. Print out the form.

  3. Fill in the form and the appendices.

  4. Gather together the documents that you need. Never send original documents to the IND. Make clearly legible copies.

  5. Put the application form, the appendices and the documents into a single envelope.

  6. Send the application to the IND. The address is shown on the application form.

Written application form for the sponsor

Your sponsor can also submit an application for you. The sponsor is the person you will be living with or who allows you residence, e.g. your partner or employer. Your sponsor can use the written application form for sponsors.

There is no online form for long-term EU residents.

To find the application form for other purposes of stay, see the page about the purpose of stay in question

Do none of these forms relate to the purpose of stay that you want to apply for? You will find the relevant application form on the page about the purpose of stay in question. Your sponsor in the Netherlands can often also complete and submit the application online. For some purposes of stay it is compulsory for the sponsor to submit the application. You will find that information on the page about the purpose of stay in question. Use the website navigation to find the information relating to your purpose of stay.

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