Today, the IND and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are signing a new cooperation agreement. IOM will temorarily collect DNA samples from family members in Greece, Turkey and Sudan joining asulum seekers who have been admitted in the Netherlands.
Normally the Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes care of collecting DNA samples. However, due to the corona crisis they have lesser or no possibilities at all to perform this task. Unfortunately, this has led to a backlog. IOM is still able to operate in the current circumstances. That is why the IOM is temporarily taking over this task. As a result IND employees in the Netherlands can complete the current applications for family members joining asylum seekers faster.
This new approach will take effect as soon as possible. We will add this information on our corona page shortly.