You can obtain a residence permit if you meet one of the following requirements:
- You have well-founded reasons to fear of persecution in your country of origin because of your race, religion, nationality or political opinion, or because you belong to a certain social group. These reasons are explained in the Geneva Convention on Refugees.
- You have well-founded reasons to fear the death penalty or execution, torture or other inhumane or degrading treatment in your country of origin.
- You have well-founded reasons to fear that you will become a victim of random violence due to an armed conflict in your country of origin.
- Your husband or wife, partner, father, mother or minor child has recently obtained an asylum residence permit in the Netherlands.
If possible, bring important documents with you to the Netherlands. These are documents showing who you are and why you are applying for asylum.
Process and costs
Applying for asylum is free of charge. When applying for asylum, you follow the asylum procedure.
The residence permit
Collect the residence permit
You sometimes obtain the residence permit immediately after the decision. Did you not receive your residence permit? Then you will receive a letter when the residence permit is ready at the IND desk. You can collect the residence permit by appointment only. Appointment to collect your residence document or original document.
At the IND desk you hand in the Foreign Nationals Identity Document (in Dutch: Vreemdelingen Identiteitsbewijs or VI).
Working with the residence permit
You are free to work in the Netherlands. Your employer does not need a work permit (in Dutch: tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV). The back of the residence permit says ‘Free to work. Work permit not required (in Dutch: Arbeid vrij toegestaan. TWV niet vereist). TWV stands for tewerkstellingsvergunning which means work permit in Dutch.
You have an obligation to provide information. This means that you must inform the IND of changes in your situation. Find out more about your obligation to provide information.
The IND monitors whether you keep your obligation. If you do not, you may get an administrative fine.
Validity of the residence permit
The temporary asylum residence period is valid for 5 years.
Repeat asylum applications (HASA)
After rejection of your asylum application you can apply for asylum again. this is called a repeat asylum application (in Dutch: herhaalde asielaanvraag or HASA).
Replacement of the residence permit
Has the residence permit been damaged, lost or stolen? Make sure to replace your residence permit. Go to the page residence permit damaged or change of personal details or residence permit lost or stolen.
Extension of the residence permit
Will your residence permit expire soon? You can extend the residence permit.
Permanent residence permit
Have you had a temporary asylum residence permit for 5 years? You can then apply for a permanent asylum residence permit.
- Asylum procedures in the Netherlands
- Working during the asylum procedure (only available in Dutch)
- Living in the Netherlands
- Travelling with a residence permit and a return visa
- Family reunification with holders of asylum residence permits
- Find out the steps of this procedure or see the pdf Infographic asylum procedure in the Netherlands:
- You can also read the written text of the Infographic.