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Victim or witness reporting human trafficking

You are a victim of human trafficking or you are a witness reporting human trafficking. You may get a residence permit as a victim or witness reporting human trafficking.

What are the conditions for this 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.

Reflection period

You can have a reflection period to decide whether you want to report human trafficking. Or, to consider cooperating in another way with the investigation and prosecution of a suspect or suspects.

Conditions

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

  • You are a victim of human trafficking and you have reported this. There is an on-going criminal investigation for the detection and prosecution of offenders or there are criminal proceedings against the suspects; or
  • You are a victim of human trafficking. You did not file a report. However, you are cooperating in another way with the investigation and prosecution or the proceedings against a criminal offence under Article 273f of the Dutch Penal Code; or
  • You are a witness of human trafficking and you have reported this. Your report has led to an investigation for the detection and prosecution or criminal proceedings against the suspect. It is important that you are in the Netherlands during this investigation or during the criminal proceedings; or
  • You are a victim of human trafficking. You cannot or will not file a report or cooperate in another way to the investigation or prosecution. Because
    • you are being seriously threatened; and/or
    • you are unable to cooperate due to a physical or mental illness.

The IND does not reject your application if you do not have a valid travel document. Nor will the IND reject your application if you are a risk to public order and this threat to public order has a direct link to human trafficking.

Did you apply for asylum? And does your asylum story reveal that you are a possible victim of human trafficking? The IND will then check to see if you can get a residence permit as a victim of human trafficking. You do not have to apply for this yourself.

Costs

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

Filed a report or cooperating in the investigation
Have you told the police that you are filing a report or wish to cooperate in the investigation into the trafficking in human beings in another way? The police will inform the IND of this. The IND considers this notification from the police as an application for a residence permit. The IND tries make a decision within 24 hours. You, therefore, do not have to apply for this yourself.

No report and no cooperation in the investigation
Are you not filing a report or are you unable to cooperate in the investigation. You submit the application to the IND yourself. Use the application form. 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 submitted 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. Are documents missing or not correct? In that case, the IND will send a letter: a request to rectify the omission. This letter lists what 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 have not filed a report and you cannot or will not cooperate in the criminal proceedings.

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. 

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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.

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.

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.