The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) implements the foreign nationals policy in the Netherlands.
This means that the IND assesses all residence applications of people who wish to live in the Netherlands or who want to become a Dutch citizen. These may include refugees who are not safe in their own country and who therefore apply for asylum here. Or, people who want to work here, study or form a family with someone who is already living here. In addition, the IND handles naturalisation applications from people who have lived here for so long that they regard themselves as Dutch citizens and therefore wish to apply for a Dutch passport. The IND assesses each application individually against the rules of the policy on foreign nationals. This means that we listen closely to the story of each applicant to ensure that every decision we make, does justice to everyone's personal situation.
As an administrative body, the IND is part of the Ministry of Justice and Security. The State Secretary for Justice and Security A. Broekers-Knol, is responsible for the work of the IND. The IND has no influence on the policy on foreign nationals, this is realised by the House of Representatives and the Senate. Also, rules result from (international) conventions.