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Temporary and non-temporary purposes of stay

You always come to the Netherlands with a specific purpose. You wish to live with your family, or come here to work or study, for example. The reason of your stay is the purpose of stay. A purpose of stay is either temporary or non-temporary.

Temporary purposes

With a residence permit for a temporary purpose you may live in the Netherlands for a limited period. Some residence permits for a temporary purpose cannot be extended. You cannot apply for a permanent residence permit. You also cannot apply for Dutch nationality. 

The following purposes of stay are temporary:

  • Adopted or related foster child, if the family member you are staying with is here for a temporary purpose of stay.
  • Work as a spiritual counsellor.
  • Au pair.
  • Stay with a family member, if the family member you are staying with is here for a temporary purpose of stay or the family member has a temporary asylum residence permit.
  • Medical treatment.
  • Trainee for study or employment purposes.
  • Seasonal work.
  • Study.
  • Exchange.
  • Orientation year for highly educated persons.
  • Cross border service provider.
  • Intra Corporate Transferees (Directive 2014/66/EC)
  • Temporary humanitarian.
  • Waiting for a request based on article 17 of the Netherlands Nationality Act.
  • Temporary asylum.

Non-temporary purposes

With a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose you can live in the Netherlands for an unlimited period. However, you have to meet the conditions for your residence permit at all times. You may apply for a permanent residence permit or Dutch nationality, if you meet the conditions.

The following purposes of stay are non-temporary:

  • Adopted or related foster child, if the family member you are staying with is a Dutch, EU/EEA or Swiss citizen. Or, if this family member has a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose of stay.

  • Paid employment*.

  • Work on a self-employed basis.

  • EC long-term resident.

  • Stay with a family member, if the family member you are staying with is a Dutch, EU/EEA or Swiss citizen. Or, if this family member has a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose of stay.

  • Holder of a European Blue Card.

  • Highly skilled migrant.

  • Permanent stay.

  • Continued residence.

  • Re-entry.

*Do you wish to apply for Dutch citizenship? When you apply for Dutch citizenship, please note that paid employment is only considered a non-temporary purpose of stay when you have an employment contract and a residence permit that are both valid for at least 1 year.

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