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Registering an objection or appeal

You have a negative decision on your application. This is stated in the decision (official letter). You may submit an application for review against a rejection.

​Application for review

You may submit an application for review against a formal decision about an:

  • application for a short stay visa;
  • application for a regular provisional residence permit;
  • application for a temporary regular residence permit without mvv (including change of purpose of your stay);
  • application for a permanent regular residence permit or long-term resident EC;
  • application permanent asylum residence permit;
  • application for Dutch citizenship;
  • application for a recognised sponsor.

The decision sets out:

  1. the means to appeal;
  2. the period within which you can do this;
  3. the address the application for review can be sent to;
  4. whether you are allowed to await the review in the Netherlands.

Steps in the appeal process

The application for review involves a number of steps:

1. Submit the application for review

You appeal by submitting an application for review in time and by post. This is a letter in which you set out why you disagree with the decision. You attach a copy of the decision to your letter. You may also include other documents. For example, documents explaining why you disagree with the decision.

You can apply for the review yourself. Are you unable to do so? Someone else may then also apply on your behalf. The following persons can apply for review on your behalf:

  • your legal representative;
  • a person with special power of attorney;
  • a lawyer;
  • your employer if he is your sponsor.

Do you need assistance? You can then call upon the assistance of a legal counsellor or other counsellor. Further information can be found at het Juridisch Loket.

2. Awaiting the review in the Netherlands

Sometimes you may not await the review in the Netherlands. This means that you will have to leave the Netherlands. The decision shows whether you are allowed to be in the Netherlands during the review. Are you not allowed to await the review in the Netherlands and you do wish to? You may ask the court for a provisional ruling. How you do this, is explained in Go to court. You must do this within 24 hours after receiving the decision from the IND.

You can get a residence endorsement sticker in your passport at the IND. You make an appointment for this. 

3. Receipt and check application for review

Once the IND has received your application for review, you or your lawyer will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. The letter states the date the IND has received your application for review. The letter also states the period within which the IND makes a decision.

The IND will check to see if your application for review is complete. Are documents missing, or are documents not correct? In that case, the IND will send you a letter. This letter lists the documents that you or your lawyer need to send. You do this within 2 weeks.

4. Decision

The IND assesses your application and makes a decision. 

Application for review well-founded
The IND decides that your application for review is well-founded. You will receive a positive decision on your application. This means that you will get the visa or residence permit, or that you will become a Dutch citizen.

Application for review unfounded
The IND decides that your application for review is unfounded. Your application for review is rejected. This rejection is set out in an official letter (decision) from the IND. Do you disagree? You may appeal to the court. How you appeal to the court is explained in Go to court.

Go to court 

You have a negative decision on your asylum application or your application for review. You may appeal to the court. You also apply to the court if you are not allowed to await the review in the Netherlands. You may then apply for a provisional ruling to the court. The decision sets out the period within which you have to do this. 

  • In a regular procedure, use the form: Verzoekschrift/beroepschrift CIV (Application/Appeal CIV).
    You fill in the form and send it to the Central Registration Office of Immigration (CIV) in Haarlem. The information you need is listed in the form.
  • In a general asylum procedure (AA) or an extended asylum procedure (VA) you may appeal to the court as follows:

    Appeals and applications for a provisional ruling logded by a lawyer
    Appeals and applications for a provisional ruling by a lawyer, must be lodged electronically. These appeals and applications for a provisional ruling can only be lodged via Mijn Rechtspraak, the webportal of the Council for the Judiciary. Go to www.rechtspraak.nl and press the button 'inloggen' in the upper right corner. You should have login details.

    Appeals not lodged by a lawyer
    Please use the standard form and attach a certified copy of the contested decision. Appeals and applications for a provisional ruling have to be sent to Centraal Inschrijfbureau Vreemdelingenzaken (CIV) in Haarlem. The information you need is listed in the form.
     

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Formal decision

​A letter from IND with the decision on your application.

Provisional ruling

​A provisional ruling is a request to the Court in which you ask permission to await the decison in objection or appeal in the Netherlands.