Parent(s) of a minor Dutch child

​You are a parent of a minor Dutch child. You wish to live in the Netherlands with your child. You yourself are not a national of the EU, EEA Member States, or Switzerland.  You need a residence permit to live with your minor Dutch child. What are the conditions for this residence permit? 

​Conditions

  • You are the (step-, foster-) parent of a minor Dutch child.
  • You do not pose a threat to public order.
  • Your Dutch child is younger than 18 years of age.
  • You do not have the nationality of an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland.
  • You do not have lawful stay in an EU/EEA Member State (incl. the Netherlands) or Switzerland.
  • Your child is in such a way dependent on you that if you would be denied residency in the Netherlands, the child has no other option than to leave the European Union with you.


Costs

This application costs € 51.

Checklist documents

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.

Steps in the application process

1. Entry in the Netherlands: Visa facilitation or permit-exempt term

​Visa facilitation

If you have a visa-required nationality, you first have to apply for a visa to travel to the Netherlands. This is called a facilitation visa. This is free of charge and is issued as a Schengen visa (type C).

You apply for this visa to the Dutch representation in the country you are live in. When you apply for this, you indicate that you intend to live in the Netherlands with a family member who has EU/EEA or Swiss nationality (this is your minor Dutch child). You have to prove that you are a family member of the minor Dutch child. You can, for example, show the birth certificate or adoption certificates).

Please contact the Dutch representation for more information about this visa and how to apply for it.

Permit-exempt term

When you do not have a visa-required nationality, you can travel to the Netherlands in your permit-exempt term. You, in any event, need the following documents to enter the Netherlands:

  • A valid passport or another travel document.
  • You have to prove that you are a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen. You can, for example, show the birth certificate or adoption certificates.

2. Submit the application for verification against EU law

You apply to the IND yourself. Use the application form. The form is at the bottom of this page. You submit the application to an IND desk. You have to make an appointment for this.

You pay the costs (fees) of the application directly upon appointment. The IND will only process your application after you have made the payment. Also a passport photo and fingerprints will be taken at the IND desk for the residence document.​

3. Receipt and check application

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

The IND will then check to see if your application is complete and that the fees have been paid. Are documents missing, or are documents not correct? In that case, the IND will send a letter: a request to rectify the omission. This letter lists the documents that still needs to be sent. Send the requested documents before the mentioned date to the IND.

4. Decision

​The IND checks if you meet all the conditions. The IND has to make a decision within a period of 6 months.

  • Negative decision
    If you do not meet the conditions, you will not get an 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, you will get a residence permit. The IND will inform you about this decision. The IND also informs the Dutch representation.

Application forms and costs

Application for Verification against EU Law (certificate of lawful residence)5005

Checklist documents

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.

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 (clear enough to be read).
  • 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.

Costs application

This application costs € 51.

Children under 18 pay € 29.

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After the application

Collect your residence document

​The IND aims to have the residence document ready for you within 2 weeks after the decision. You receive a letter when you can collect the residence document.
Make an online appointment to collect your residence permit. You do not necessarily need an appointment to do this. However, keep in mind that there might be a considerable waiting time if you do not have an appointment.

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.

Registration with the municipality

If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you have to register him in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BPR)  in the municipality you are going to live.

To register with the municipality, your child needs a valid legalised and translated  birth certificate. Take this therefore with you when you travel to the Netherlands.​

Take out health insurance

Anyone living in the Netherlands must take out health insurance. You do this within 4 months following your arrival in the Netherlands.

Right to work

The back of your residence document shows if you are allowed to work. You are free to work in the Netherlands with this residence document. Your employer does not have to provide you with a TWV. Your residence permit states 'arbeid vrij toegestaan, TWV niet vereist' (work freely permitted, no work permit required).

Further applications

Replace residence document

Is your residence document damaged, lost or stolen? In that case, have the residence document replaced.

Replace residence document

Is your residence document due to expire soon? You cannot extend your residence document. Instead you apply for Verification against EU law again. You submit the application to an IND desk. You have to make an appointment for this.

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Formal decision

​A formal letter with the decision on your application.

TWV

​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.