Application for residence permit rejected after 1 October if Turkish citizens do not have a provisional residence permit

Last update: 29 August 2022

All Turkish citizens and their family – also those who come under EEC-Turkey association law – need a provisional residence permit (in Dutch: machtiging tot voorlopig verblijf or MVV) if they want to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days and do not yet have right of residence in the Netherlands. From 1 October 2022, applications for a residence permit (except for asylum) will be rejected if someone does not have a valid MVV. This adaptation is connected with the requirement for Turkish citizens to participate in a civic integration programme, which has applied since 1 January 2022.

Adapted policy

The Minister for Migration has recently announced (only in Dutch) that he will adapt the policy. This is necessary to prevent people who are required to participate in a civic integration programme to avoid the exam abroad. In addition, illegal labour and residence, and improper use of the Schengen visa can be countered.

The changes will be implemented for applications received by the IND from 1 October 2022.

MVV requirement

Turkish citizens who want to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days must apply for a residence permit, just like most people from outside the EU. A condition for a residence permit is a valid MVV, unless an exemption is granted in exceptional cases. The MVV must be applied for abroad, simultaneously with the residence permit, or by a sponsor in the Netherlands. With it, someone can enter the Netherlands. Once they arrive, the residence permit can be collected at the IND desk. There is no more need to apply for it separately.