Anyone who is not safe in his/her own country can count on the protection of asylum. Refugees who are eligible for such protection can build their future in the Netherlands. Reunification with family members left behind is part of this. We call this 'Nareis' (journey for the purpose of family reunification).
A refugee can have his/her marriage or other partner come across, but children and foster children are also eligible for this. If an unaccompanied minor is concerned, parents will also be eligible for a journey for the purpose of family reunification.
The refugee him/herself can apply for such family reunification within three months of receipt of the residence permit. No fees have to be paid for this permit. The applicant does however have to prove the identity of the family members and the family relationship. This is usually done on the basis of documents. If the third-country national has no documents and is also demonstrably unable to submit them, a DNA test or investigation by the IND can be offered.
Because the IND contributes to a safe Netherlands, there is also a security check of persons journeying for the purpose of family reunification. This means that we check with respect to each third-country national who wants to come to the Netherlands whether they pose a threat to public order or national security. We also examine whether persons journeying for the purpose of family reunification have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity. Perpetrators of such serious crimes many not find a safe haven in the Netherlands and are therefore excluded from a residence permit in the Netherlands.