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Honour related and domestic violence

You are a victim of (potential) honour-related or domestic violence and you do not have a valid residence permit. You may be able to get a residence permit as a victim of honour-related or domestic violence.

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

Conditions

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

Honour-related violence

  • There is a potential risk of honour-related violence in the Netherlands and in the country of origin.
  • The threat is real and cannot be removed in the short-term.
  • The threat of honour-related violence is severe enough. This is in any event the case when it involves one of the following situations:
    • Life-threatening crimes against the victim or his children, including incitement to suicide.
    • The (threat of) mutilation, abuse or deprivation of liberty of the victim or his children.
    • Exclusion, thereby making it impossible for the victim to live independently in the country of origin.
    • Child abduction.
    • Violence that leads to distressing circumstances, such as forced separation between parent and child or forced marriage.
  • You do not meet the conditions for another residence permit.

Domestic violence

  • There is (a potential risk of) domestic violence.
  • The domestic violence is the reason why the marriage or relationship has ended. This does not apply if you are younger than 18 years of age.
  • The domestic violence is unrelated to honour(killings).
  • You cannot escape the domestic violence by returning to your country of origin.
  • You do not meet the conditions for another residence permit.

Costs

Do you have a residence permit to stay with your family? This application costs € 240.

  • Are you a minor? Your application costs € 51.

Do you not have a residence permit? You do not have to pay for this application.

Checklist documents

The application form lists the documents that you must enclose with the application.

You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.

 

Steps in the application process

1. Submit application and payment

You submit the application to the IND. Use the application form. The forms are at the bottom of this page. You send the application form together with the required documents to the IND by post.

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

Do you have to pay costs (fees) for the application? In that case, the IND will send you a letter. The IND will only process your application after you have made the payment.

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.

Application forms and costs

Application for a residence permit with the purpose of residence ’temporary humanitarian’ (foreign national)7526

​Use this form if you do not have a residence permit now.

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 (clear enough to be read).
  • 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

You do not have to pay for this application.

Download  

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

​Use this form if you now have a residence permit to stay with a family member.

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 (clear enough to be read).
  • 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 € 240.

  • Are you a minor? Your application costs € 51.

Download  

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.
Make an online appointment to collect your residence permit. You do not necessarily need an appointment to do this. However, keep in mind that there might be a considerable waiting time if you do not have an appointment.

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.

Registration with the municipality

Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you must register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BPR)  in the municipality you are going to live.

To register with the municipality you need a legalised and translated  birth certificate. Take this therefore with you when you travel to the Netherlands.

TB test

You have indicated your intent to undergo a tuberculosis test (TB test) when you applied. You have to make an appointment for this with the Area Health Authority (GGD). You do this within 3 months after having received your residence permit. Please take the 'TB test referral form' with you to the appointment.

In some cases you are exempt from taking a TB test.

Take out health insurance

Anyone living in the Netherlands must take out health insurance. You do this within 4 months following your arrival in the Netherlands.

Validity residence permit

​The residence permit granted on temporary humanitarian grounds is valid for 1 year.

Right to work

The back of your residence permit shows if you are allowed to work. You are free to work. Your residence permit states 'arbeid vrij toegestaan, TWV niet vereist (work freely permitted, no work permit required).

Legal obligations

​There are a number of legal obligations that apply to you.

The IND monitors your compliance with these legal obligations. Failure to meet these legal obligations may have consequences.

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

When you have had a residence permit on temporary humanitarian grounds as a victim or witness reporting human trafficking for 1 year, you can change your residence permit to an independent residence permit on non-temporary humanitarian grounds.

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 sooner.

Permanent residence permit

After having had a residence permit for 5 years, you may apply for a permanent residence permit.

Becoming a Dutch citizen

After having had a residence permit for 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. 

Formal decision

​A formal letter 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).