The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) is working hard on reducing processing times.
The processing time of asylum applications is the period between registration of the asylum seeker at the Aliens Police Department, Identification and Human Trafficking (AVIM) and the first decision by the IND on the asylum application.
To reduce the processing time, the IND already recruited more staff in 2018, around 200 fte. This year too, the capacity will be expanded by around 150 fte. We are discussing measures with the Dutch Council for Refugees (VWN) to reduce the processing times even more.
The waiting time (of almost one and a half years) depicted by VWN is not a validated prognosis. This is because it does not take into consideration the measures taken by the IND to reduce the processing time.
The average processing times (1st application) in 2018 were:
Ø Dublin: 14 weeks
Ø Safe countries: 3 weeks
Ø General Asylum Procedure: 16 weeks
Ø Extended Asylum Procedure: 46 weeks
The percentage of asylum applications that is handled in the Extended Asylum Procedure is relatively low. The majority of cases are processed by the IND within a reasonable term. The statutory decision period for asylum applications in the General Asylum Procedure is six months. For the Extended Asylum Procedure, the statutory decision period is a maximum of 18 months. But an applicant does not always have to sit out the full decision period. Where possible, the IND decides faster.