Issuance of residence stickers to Ukrainians paused because of raw materials shortage

Last update: 1 September 2022

In recent weeks, the IND issued 45,000 residence stickers to refugees from Ukraine. With the sticker, they can demonstrate that they are staying legally in the Netherlands because they fall under the European Temporary Protection Directive (TPD). Unfortunately the IND must temporarily stop issuing stickers in September because of a raw materials shortage. The IND can imagine this will lead to uncertainty among refugees from Ukraine and regrets this.  

Raw materials shortage for stickers

Up until Friday 2 September, refugees from Ukraine can go to the IND for a residence sticker. It is expected that the issuance of these stickers can be resumed in October.

In spring, the IND was tasked by the Ministry of Justice and Security to issue proof of residency to 50,000 Ukrainians. When it turned out in June that the number would be higher, new stickers were ordered from an external supplier. This supply has been delayed because of a shortage of raw materials for the authenticity feature on the sticker.  

Making an appointment possible after certainty of supply

The coming weeks it is not possible to make an appointment in the online appointment tool. As soon as there is certainty about the supply date, it will be possible to make an appointment again. The IND is doing everything within its power to make sure that everyone who is entitled to a sticker can get one before 31 October 2022.

Proof of residency

The visa-free period will expire soon for most Ukrainians. With the sticker, they can demonstrate that they are staying legally in the Netherlands. It is expressly not a travel document. Formerly, the sticker was needed from 1 September to be able to work. This date has been moved to 31 October 2022.

Extra task

The arrival of refugees from Ukraine has brought the IND, like many other organisations, an extra task. Within the available possibilities, the IND is doing everything to provide these refugees with information and proof of their residency, together with partners such as the Dutch Council for Refugees.