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Staying in the Netherlands if you no longer live with an EU family member

Last check: 09-03-2021

Do you or will you no longer live with a family member who is an EU, EEA or Swiss national? This page tells you whether you can continue living in the Netherlands.

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Who is this page for?

You have a residence document to live with your family member who is an EU, EEA or Swiss national. You have a different nationality. You no longer live with your family member. For instance, because your family member has left the Netherlands or passed away. Or because your relationship has ended. You want to continue living in the Netherlands.

If you are also an EU, EEA or Swiss national

You still have the right to live in the Netherlands. However, also for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens there are conditions for living in the Netherlands. For instance, you must have your own source of income. You can read about these conditions on the page: Living in the Netherlands as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.

When am I allowed to stay in the Netherlands?

You can live in the Netherlands because you had a family member with EU, EEA or Swiss nationality. Your family member is an EU citizen. This means your right to live in the Netherlands ends if you stop living with the EU citizen. But sometimes you can stay in the Netherlands anyway.

Situations where you can keep living in the Netherlands

In some situations, you can continue living in the Netherlands if you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national. Check if one of these situations applies to you:

You have been living in the Netherlands for 5 years or more

Have you been in the Netherlands for at least 5 years? If so, you may have permanent residence. Read more about applying for permanent residence for EU citizens.

The EU citizen has left the Netherlands or passed away

You may stay in the Netherlands if any of these situations applies to you:

  • You have lived with the EU citizen in the Netherlands for at least 1 year.
  • You are a child of the EU citizen and are studying in the Netherlands.
  • You are the custodial parent of a child of the EU citizen that is studying in the Netherlands.

Your marriage or relationship with the EU citizen has ended

You may stay in the Netherlands if any of these situations applies to you:

  • Your marriage or relationship lasted at least 3 years. And you lived together in the Netherlands for at least 1 year.
  • You have received custody of the children. Or you have access rights and the court ordered that you must visit your children in the Netherlands.
  • A special hardship case applies. For instance, you were the victim of violence in your home during your marriage or relationship (domestic violence). Or you are a victim of honour crimes.

Condition: you have sufficient income

You must always have sufficient income to receive permission to live in the Netherlands. For this, it does not matter why you and the EU citizen no longer live together.

Your income is adequate in any of the following situations:

  1. You are an employee or business owner. You perform real and actual work. This means that you work for at least 40% of the normal full-time work week. Or you earn at least 50% of the amount of social assistance that applies for you.
  2. Your income is higher than or equal to the standard amount for your family situation. And you have insurance to cover healthcare expenses in the Netherlands.
  3. You are a family member of someone who is an employee or business owner. Or you are a family member of someone whose income is higher than or equal to the standard amount for your family situation.

Still looking for work?

You have a period of 6 months to look for a job.

When do I need to apply for a new residence document?

You do not always need to submit a new application immediately. Three situations are possible:

  1. Your residence document is still valid. You keep this document and do not need to submit an application.
  2. If you have been in the Netherlands for 5 consecutive years, you may have permanent residence. Read more about applying for a permanent residence document.
  3. Your residence document is no longer valid. And you do not have permanent residence yet. You are submitting a new application for a European Community law review. Read more about applying for a European Community law review.

Rules and regulations

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Immigration and Naturalisation Service

Questions?