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Change purpose of stay and application humanitarian non-temporary

You have a residence permit in the Netherlands. Your situation or the purpose of your stay has changed. You have to change your residence permit for this. What are the conditions for this new residence permit? And how does the application procedure work?

Other conditions apply to persons with the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and their family members.

Has your personal situation changed and does this change have consequences for your right of residence? You have to change your residence permit. You also have to change your residence permit if the purpose of your stay has changed.

Examples of a change include:

  • You have a residence permit to stay with your spouse and you are now divorced.
  • You have a residence permit for work in paid employment, however, you no longer have any work.
  • You have a residence permit to live with your parents, but you are now married or you have a home of your own.

Are you not changing the purpose of your stay, however, for example only changing employer or educational institution? A notification of this change to the IND is then usually enough.

Conditions and application form

Do you have to change your residence permit to another residence permit? Please check the page of the residence permit you wish to apply for. There you will find the conditions and the application form.

For example, you have a residence permit for study and you now wish to look for a job in the Netherlands? Please then check Look for work after having completed a study, a doctoral programme or scientific research. Or, you have a residence permit as an au pair and you now wish to study. You then check the theme Study.

Applications humanitarian non-temporary

In some cases, you can change your residence permit to a residence permit on non-temporary humanitarian grounds. This is possible:

  • after a stay with a family member;
  • after a stay as a victim or witness reporting human trafficking;
  • after a stay as a victim of domestic or honour-related violence;
  • after a stay because you cannot leave the Netherlands through no fault of your own; or
  • after a stay for medical treatment.

When you read 'Conditions' you will see when you may apply for these residence permits on non-temporary humanitarian grounds.

Conditions

There are certain conditions that apply to everyone. In addition to these conditions, the following conditions apply to you:

After relationship or marriage

  • You have had a residence permit for 5 years to stay with your spouse or partner;
  • Your (ex) spouse or partner is a Dutch citizen or has a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose;
  • In the past 5 years there has been no reason to revoke your residence permit; and
  • You have the civic integration diploma or you are exempt from taking this exam.

After death of spouse or partner

  • Your spouse or partner was a Dutch citizen or had a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose;
  • Your main residence was and still is in the Netherlands; and
  • You have (had) a residence permit to stay with your spouse or partner.

After a stay as a minor child with parent(s)

After a stay as an adopted or related foster child

  • You have had a residence permit for 1 year to stay with your parent(s);
  • Your parent is a Dutch citizen or has a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose; and
  • There has been no reason to revoke your residence permit during that year.

After death of parent

  • Your parent was a Dutch citizen or had a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose;
  • Your main residence was and still is in the Netherlands; and
  • You have (had) a residence permit to stay with your parent.

After a stay as a victim of human trafficking who cannot or does not want to report this

  • You have had a residence permit as a victim of human trafficking for at least 1 year and you cannot or do not want to report this; and
  • The threat or the physical or psychological illness preventing you from cooperating in the criminal proceedings still exists.

Is the threat or physical or psychological illness no longer there? But are there multiple compelling humanitarian grounds related to the trafficking in human beings? Can you not leave the Netherlands because of this? You, too, may get the residence permit for non-temporary humanitarian grounds.

After a stay as a victim of domestic or honour-related violence

  • You have had a residence permit for at least 1 year as a victim of domestic of honour-related violence; and
  • The treat of the domestic or honour-related violence still exists.

Is the threat no longer there? However, are there multiple compelling humanitarian grounds for which you have to stay in the Netherlands? You, too, may get the residence permit for non-temporary humanitarian grounds. Compelling humanitarian grounds may include:

  • The situation of single women in your country of origin;
  • The social situation of women in your country or origin;
  • There is no proper reception in your country of origin;
  • You have children who are born in the Netherlands or who go to school here;
  • The ties you have with the Netherlands.

After a stay as human trafficking victim

  • You have a residence permit because you are a victim of human trafficking; and
  • You have reported the trafficking in human beings or have cooperated in the criminal proceedings in another way; and
  • The offender of human trafficking is convicted. There is no possibility for an appeal anymore; or
  • The offender of human trafficking has not been convicted. However, you have already had the residence permit as a victim of human trafficking for 3 years or more; or
  • The criminal proceedings are still ongoing and you already had the residence permit as a victim of human trafficking for 3 years.

Do you not meet these conditions? But are there special individual circumstances related to the trafficking in human beings? You, too, may get the residence permit for non-temporary humanitarian grounds. The IND looks at:

  • The risk of revenge on you or your family. The IND checks if the authorities in your country of origin are willing and able to protect you.
  • The risk of you being prosecuted in your country of origin. For example, for prostitution.
  • The chances you have of being re-integrated in society in your country of origin.

After a stay as a witness reporting human trafficking

  • You have a residence permit because you are a witness of human trafficking and you have reported this. Or, you have cooperated in the criminal proceedings in another way.
  • There are special individual circumstances in connection to the trafficking in human beings that prevent you from leaving the Netherlands. The IND looks at:
  • The risk of revenge on you or your family. The IND checks if the authorities in your country of origin are willing and able to protect you.
  • The risk of you being prosecuted in your country of origin. For example, for prostitution.
  • The chances you have of being re-integrated in society in your country of origin.

After a stay for medical treatment

  • You already have a residence permit for medical treatment for 3 years. Or, you have been granted a postponement of departure according to Article 64 of the Aliens Act for 1 year and directly after this a residence permit for medical treatment for 2 years;
  • Your medical treatment will be necessary at least for 1 more year;
  • In the past 3 years there has been no reason to revoke your residence permit; and
  • You still meet the conditions for the residence permit for medical treatment.

After a stay because you cannot leave the Netherlands through no fault of your own

  • You have had a residence permit for temporary humanitarian reasons for 3 years because you cannot leave the Netherlands.
  • You still meet the conditions for a residence permit for humanitarian temporary because you cannot leave the Netherlands.
  • There are no other reasons to refuse the residence permit.

Other conditions may apply for Turkish nationals and their family members.

Checklist for documents

The application form lists the documents that you have to enclose with the application.

 

Steps in the application process

1. Submit application and payment

​You submit the application to the IND. Use the application form. The form is at the bottom of this page. You send the application form together with the required documents to the IND by post. After the application has been received, the IND sends a letter stating how the fees are to be paid.

You have to give your biometric information at an IND Desk within 2 weeks after having sent the application.

2. 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 your 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 you still need to sent. Send the requested documents before the mentioned date to the IND.

3. Decision

​The IND checks whether you meet all the conditions. The IND has to make a decision within a period of 90 days.

  • Negative decision
    If you do not meet the conditions, you will not get a 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 send you a letter indicating when you can collect the residence permit.

After the application

Collect your residence permit

The IND aims to have your residence permit ready within 2 weeks following your arrival in the Netherlands. The IND will send you a letter indicating when you can collect the residence permit. You do not have to make an appointment to collect your residence permit.

Check to see if the information on the residence permit is correct while you are still at the IND desk. If something is incorrect, please inform the IND staff member at once.

Civic integration in the Netherlands

If you are subject to the integration requirement, you will receive a letter from the Education Executive Agency (DUO) stating that you must integrate in the Netherlands.

Right to work

The back of your residence permit shows if you are allowed to work. Having a residence permit humanitarian non-temporary means that you may work on the Dutch labour market without restrictions. Your residence permit states: arbeid vrij toegestaan, TWV niet vereist, meaning work freely permitted, TWV not required.

Further applications (extend or change) / return visa

Replace residence permit

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

Extend residence permit

Is your residence permit due to expire soon? Apply for an extension.

Change residence permit

Has something changed in your situation that influences your residence permit? Please report this immediately to the IND. It may mean that the residence permit has to be changed.

Permanent stay

Having had a residence permit for a period of 5 years, you may apply for a permanent residence permit.

Becoming a Dutch citizen

Having had a residence permit for a period of 5 years, you may apply for Dutch citizenship.

Return visa

If you are awaiting a procedure, you do not have a valid residence document at present and you wish to travel outside the Netherlands, you may need a return visa to re-enter the Netherlands. This could be the case if your current residence permit is no longer valid or your current residence permit will expire during your stay outside of the Netherlands. To apply for a return visa you must meet certain conditions. ​

Application forms and costs

Application for a residence permit with the purpose of residence ’non-temporary humanitarian’ (foreign national)7527

Use this form for your application:

  • after a stay with a family member;
  • after a stay as victim of domestic or honour-related violence;
  • after a stay for medical treatment;
  • after a stay as victim or witness reporting human trafficking; or
  • after a stay because you are cannot leave the Netherlands.

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.
  • 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 € 1003.

  • The application after a stay as victim or witness reporting human trafficking or as illegal victim of domestic violence costs € 371.
  • The application after a stay with a family member, after domestic or honour-related violence or after abandonment costs € 237. Children under 18 pay € 51.
  • Do you have the Turkish nationality? Your application costs.

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Formal decision

​A letter from IND 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. For more information about the TWV, check the website of UWV (only in Dutch).