Do you already have a regular permanent residence permit (type II)? You do not need to apply for permanent residence for EU/EEA or Swiss citizens and their family members. When your permanent residence permit expires, you may apply for renewal of your residence document.
Are you a UK national in the Netherlands? Or are you a family member of a UK national without an European nationality? And do you wish to apply for permanent residence here under the Withdrawal Agreement? Please, apply for a permanent residence card Withdrawal Agreement. Be sure not to apply for a residence document for permanent residence as an EU citizen. The IND will send you an invitation letter first.
For the permanent residence permit for EU/EEA or Swiss citizens the following conditions apply:
Please note! Do you have a residence permit for staying with a minor Dutch child? Then you cannot apply for permanent residence for EU citizens.
In some cases you do not have to wait 5 years to apply for permanent residence. The following categories can apply for permanent residence for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens earlier:
All these categories at least have to meet the following conditions:
In addition, the following conditions apply per category:
You have retired or taken early retirement
You are permanently unfit for work
You are permanently unfit for work due to a work-related accident or work-related illness
You are a cross-border worker
This application costs € 58.
Children under 18 pay € 31.
You can submit this application online. For the online application you need:
You can start the online application by clicking the button Apply online.Apply online
The application form lists the documents that you have to enclose with the application.
You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.
The IND aims to have the residence permit ready for you within 2 weeks after the decision. You receive a letter 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.
Check to see if the information on the residence document is correct while you are still at the IND desk. If something is incorrect, inform the IND staff member at once.
Are you 18 years or older? The residence document will be issued for 10 years. The residence document can be renewed every 10 years.
Are you under 18 years old? The residence document will be issued for 5 years.
The back of your residence document states whether you may work in the Netherlands. Your employer does not need a TWV for you. Your residence document states arbeid vrij toegestaan, TWV niet vereist (work permitted free from restrictions, work permit not required).
Having a permanent residence document means you have almost the same rights as someone with Dutch nationality. The main differences are that you are not allowed to vote in national elections and you are not allowed to work in specific (government) fields, such as the police or the army. For this, you first have to apply for Dutch nationality.
Has your residence document been damaged, lost or stolen? In that case, have the residence document replaced.
Will your permanent residence permit expire soon? You can apply for a renewal.
After having had a residence permit for a period of 5 years, you can apply for Dutch citizenship.
Nowadays you can arrange many things yourself on government websites. With DigiD you log in to your personal account on government websites. Your DigiD consists of a username and password that you both choose yourself. Don't have a DigiD yet? Request this on www.digid.nl.
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.
A TWV is a work permit. The employer applies for a TWV with UWV (Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency). UWV examines among other things if there is no employee with the Dutch, EU/EEA or Swiss nationality that is qualified for the job.