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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 application for a residence permit costs [Langdurige ingezetene die deze status heeft gekregen in een ander EU-land zondermvvbedrag]. That amount applies to each application for a temporary residence permit.
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.
When you have received the Dutch residence permit you will also have this advantage:
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. 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.
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.
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:
You can only submit this application in writing.
Print out the form.
Fill in the form and the appendices.
Gather together the documents that you need. Never send original documents to the IND. Make clearly legible copies.
Put the application form, the appendices and the documents into a single envelope.
Send the application to the IND. The address is shown on the application form.
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.
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.