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

Last update: 1 May 2023

You had the right of residence in the Netherlands because you lived with a family member or partner from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. You no longer live together. For example because your family member or partner died, left the Netherlands, or your relationship has ended. Find out when you are allowed to continue to live in the Netherlands.

When you can continue to live in the Netherlands

Do you no longer live with your family member or partner from the EU, EEA or Switzerland? Then you can stay in the Netherlands in some situations. From now on, we will call your family member or partner a citizen of the Union.

You have EU, EEA or Swiss nationality

Then you can continue to live in the Netherlands. However, there are requirements. Find out what the requirements are on the page Living in the Netherlands as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.

You have another nationality

Select your situation and find out whether you can stay in the Netherlands.

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Your income is high enough (income requirement)

You must have enough income to be allowed to continue to live in the Netherlands. We call this the income requirement. For the income requirement, it does not matter which nationality you have.

In these situations, your income is high enough:

  • You are an employee or entrepreneur. You carry out genuine and effective work. This means that you work at least 40% of the regular full working week. Or you earn at least 50% of the social assistance benefit applicable to you.
  • You have an income that is the same or higher than the standard amount applicable to your family situation. And you have health insurance in the Netherlands.

 

Apply for a new residence document

Do you no longer live with the citizen of the Union and are you allowed to continue to live in the Netherlands? Then you sometimes need a new residence document. Look at the following situations and check whether you must apply for a new residence document:

  • Your residence document is still valid. You will keep this document and do not need to apply for a new one. However, you must notify the IND that the situation has changed. 
  • Your residence document is no longer valid. And you do not have permanent residency yet. You must apply for a new residence document. Find out more on the page Verification against EU law for Union citizen family members.
  • You have been living in the Netherlands continuously for 5 years. You may have permanent residency. You must apply for a new residence document. Find out more on the page Permanent residence permit for Union citizens and their family.

     

Inform the IND when no longer living together

Do you no longer live together with the citizen of the Union? Then inform us. You can use this using this form:

 

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