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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.
  • Au pair.
  • Cross border service provider.
  • Exchange.
  • Intra Corporate Transferees (Directive 2014/66/EC)
  • Medical treatment
  • Orientation year for highly educated persons.
  • Seasonal work.
  • 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.
  • Study.
  • Temporary asylum residence permit.
  • Temporary humanitarian purposes.
  • Trainee for study or employment purposes.
  • Waiting for a request based on article 17 of the Netherlands Nationality Act.

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.

  • Economically non-active EC long-term resident.

  • EC long-term resident.

  • Foreign investor (wealthy foreign national).

  • Highly skilled migrant.

  • Holder of a European Blue Card.

  • Non-temporary humanitarian purposes.

  • Paid employment as non-privileged military personnel or non-privileged civilian personnel.

  • Paid employment*.

  • Permanent stay.

  • Scientific research based on Directive 2005/71/EG.

  • 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.
  • Work on a self-employed basis.

*Do you wish to apply for Dutch citizenship? Paid employment is a non-temporary purpose of stay when you work under an employment contract and meet the conditions of your residence permit during the application of and the decision on your application for Dutch citizenship.