Extension residence permit asylum

​You have a temporary asylum residence permit. You residence permit is almost expired. You want to extend your residence permit asylum.

When you have had a temporary asylum residence permit for 5 years, you might be eligible for a permanent asylum residence permit. One of the requirements is that you have obtained the civic integration diploma.

How many months before my permit expires, can I extend my residence permit?

You can submit an application at the earliest 6 months before your residence permit expires. This will give the IND sufficient time to make a decision.

Is your residence permit still valid for more than 6 months? Then you cannot yet submit an application to extend your stay. The IND is unable to make a proper assessment.

Which conditions apply?

You have to meet the following conditions:

  • The reason why you have gotten asylum still applies.

  • You have your main residence in the Netherlands.

  • You have not given wrong information and you have not withheld information that would have have made that you would not have gotten the asylum residence permit.

  • You are not a threat to public order or national security.


You do not have to pay for the extension of your temporary asylum residence permit.

Apply online

You can submit this application online. For the online application you need:

Do you not have DigiD yet? Apply for DigiD on www.digid.nl. Do have DigiD, but not have identity check with sms yet? Activate this through MijnDigiD.

Help with logging in with DigiD + sms and DigiD app

  • Information on DigiD + sms: go to explanation on DigiD for more information in different language (Dutch, English, French and Arabic).

  • Information on DigiD app: go to explanation DigiD app for more information (Dutch and English).

You can start the online application by clicking the button Apply online.

Apply online 

Steps in the application process

1. Submit application


You can submit your application online 6 months before your residence permit expires. You need a DigiD with SMS code. At present, applying online for an extension is not yet possible for all purposes of stay.

By post

Can you or do you prefer not to submit the application online? You can then submit the application by post. You can submit the application 6 months before your residence permit expires.

2. Receipt and check application

​After your application has been received, the IND sends a confirmation letter. The confirmation letter states the date the IND has received your application. It also states the period within which the IND makes a decision.

Please make an appointment online to provide your biometric information after you have received a confirmation letter.

The IND will then check to see if your application is complete. Are documents missing or not correct? In that case, the IND will send a letter: a request to rectify the omission. This letter lists what you still need to sent. Send the requested documents before the mentioned date to the IND.

3. Decision

The IND checks whether you meet all the conditions. The IND has to make a decision within a period of 90 days.

  • Negative decision
    If you do not meet the conditions, the IND will not extend your residence permit. This decision is given in the formal decision. You can apply for a review of this decision.

  • Positive decision
    If you meet all the conditions, the IND will extend your residence permit. The IND will send you a letter indicating when you can collect the residence permit.

Application forms and costs

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Use this form for the extension of your residence permit asylum, to apply for a permanent residence permit asylum or to apply for a residence permit long term resident EC. This form is only available in Dutch.

Checklist documents

The application form lists the documents that you have to enclose with the application. 

How to send documents to the IND:

  • You only send copies of your documents, single-sided and on A4 paper.
  • The copies must be complete and legible.
  • Write down your V-number or client number on each copy. If you do not know these numbers, then please write your name and date of birth on each copy.
  • Do not send USB sticks, CDs or DVDs.
  • You keep the original documents yourself. You have to show these documents to the Dutch representation abroad.
  • Documents have to be translated to Dutch, English, French or German.

Costs application

You do not have to pay for the application for extension of your temporary residence permit asylum.

For a permanent residence permit asylum or a residence permit long term resident EC you pay € 171. Children under 18 pay € 57.

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After the application

Collect your residence permit

The IND will send you a letter to inform you when you can collect the residence permit. For this, you have to make an appointment online at the IND desk stated in the letter. Keep in mind that it is not always possible to visit an IND desk at short notice. Therefore, please schedule an appointment in time, but at least within 4 months after having received the letter.

Check to see if the information on the residence permit is correct while you are still at the IND desk. If something is incorrect, inform the IND staff member at once.

My residence permit has expired. What must I do?

When your residence permit has expired, you have to submit an application for an extension as soon as possible. Do you submit the application by post? Please, include a letter in which you explain why you did not apply in time. Then the IND assesses if your international protection status must be ended.

Are you too late to extend and do you not have a valid explanation and did your residence permit expire before 1 October 2018? Then it is possible you may be faced with a residence gap

My residence permit has expired. I have applied for an extension. Am I still allowed to work?

Were you allowed to work with your previous residence permit? Then you may continue to do so providing that you have submitted your application for extension in time. Meaning that we have received it before the expiration date of your previous permit. To show that you are allowed to work, you can apply for a residence endorsement sticker. You have to make an appointment online for this.

What is the difference between a temporary asylum permit or a permanent asylum permit?

  • You have to extend your temporary residence permit every 5 years. If you do not do this, your residence in the Netherlands is no longer legal. The right of residence under a permanent residence permit never expires. But you have to apply for a new residence document every 5 years.

  • Extending a temporary asylum permit is free of charge. For a permanent asylum permit you have to pay.

  • For a permanent asylum residence permit you must have passed the civic integration examination or be exempt. This is not required for a temporary asylum permit.

  • In most cases, you can only apply for Dutch nationality if you have a permanent asylum permit.

Did you apply for a permanent asylum residence permit, but do you not meet the conditions? The IND will automatically check if you meet the conditions to extend your current temporary residence permit.

I have applied for an extension. Can I go on holiday abroad?

Is your residence permit still valid on the day you return to the Netherlands? It is then OK to travel. You do need to have a valid travel document. For example, a passport. You also have to take your residence permit with you when you travel.

Has your residence permit already expired? Then sometimes a return visa is needed to return to the Netherlands. You have to make an appointment for this.

I have been outside the Netherlands for more than 3 months. Can I still apply for an extension?

For an application to extend your stay, the IND checks whether you have changed your main residence . Have you changed your main residence? The IND will then not extend your residence permit. You will have to apply for a new residence permit.



DigiD with SMS code

​To apply for a residence permit online you need to have a DigiD with SMS code. After logging in with your DigiD you will receive an SMS with a code. You will have to fill out this code as well to get access to the online application forms.

Do you have a DigiD but no SMS code verification? Please go to Mijn DigiD and log in. Choose 'Extra sms-controle aanvragen' and enter your mobile phone number. Within 5 days you receive a letter with an activation code. Activate the sms control functionality on the website of DigiD with this activation code.

formal decision

​A formal letter with the decision on your application.

Residence gap

​A residence gap means that the validity of your residence permits is not continuous. To start an application for permanent residence or a request for Dutch citizenship you must have 5 years continuous residence. With a residence gap your residence is not continuous anymore. You again have to build up 5 years of continuous residence.

For example: your residence permit has expired on 31 May 2016. You have applied for extension on 5 June 2016. You new residence permit is issued with a starting date of 5 June 2016. You have a residence gap between 31 May 2016 and 5 June 2016. Starting on 5 June 2016 you again need to have a valid residence permit for five years. In this example, you thus have to wait until 5 June 2021 before you can apply for permanent residence or Dutch nationality.