Apply for a residence permit economically inactive long-term EU resident

Last update: 30 May 2022

A residence permit for an economically inactive long-term EU resident entitles you to live in the Netherlands. On this page you read about the conditions and how to apply for the residence permit.

Who can apply for a residence permit for an economically inactive long-term EU resident

You are a long-term EU resident in another EU country. That means you hold a long-term resident EU residence permit in another EU country. That is a European residence permit for an indefinite period. You want to move to the Netherlands to live, but will not be working. You will therefore be economically inactive in the Netherlands.

General requirements for a residence permit

Requirements economically inactive long-term EU resident

The following conditions apply to the residence permit for an economically inactive long-term EU resident:

  • You hold a long-term resident's EU residence permit from another EU country. Read here what description of a long-term EU resident needs to be included on your residence permit.
  • You have a valid passport.
  • You have a sufficient, sustainable income. What type of income you have is irrelevant, e.g. income from an inheritance, maintenance payments, property, employment abroad, a benefit or a pension. Read more about the income requirement.
  • You do not pose a threat to pubic order or national security.

Documents you need

You need to submit documents to demonstrate that you fulfil the conditions. You need the following documents to apply for a residence permit for an economically inactive long-term EU resident:

  • A copy of the page from your passport showing your personal details and the validity period.
  • A copy of the front and back of your long-term resident's EU residence permit from the other EU country.
  • Documents relating to your income, e.g. a letter indicating that you are receiving a benefit from the EU country that issued the long-term resident's EU residence permit, a payslip from an employer outside the Netherlands showing your salary, pension or early retirement benefit, or proof of income from your own assets.
  • The 'Antecedents Certificate' appendix. That appendix is included with the application form. Complete the Antecedents Certificate in full and sign it.

Legalisation and translation of official foreign documents

Official foreign documents must be legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French, or German. Find out more about legalisation and translation of official documents.

Written application form

You can only submit this application in writing.

Download the application form:

How to submit your written application

  1. Download and print the form.
  2. Complete the form. Also complete the appendix or appendices that apply to your situation.
  3. Put the application form, appendices and supporting documents in one envelope. Never send original documents to the IND. Make clear copies that are easy to read.
  4. Send your application to the IND. The address is on the application form.

Cost of application

You will receive a letter to pay the cost of your application (fee). The letter will indicate the amount due and the bank account to which you need to transfer it. The IND will only assess your application once you have made the payment.

The costs of the application for a residence permit for an economically inactive long-term EU resident are € 207,00.

Decision on your application

The IND has 90 days to decide on your application for a residence permit for an economically inactive long-term EU resident. This period is called the decision period. It is specified by law. You will receive a letter stating the date by which the IND will decide on the application.

Track your application in My IND

You can track your application in My IND. To do that, you need to log in using DigiD. Find out more about My IND and logging in.

Object or appeal decision

Employers can apply for review of the decision within 4 weeks. The decision letter explains how to do this. Find out more about objecting to or appealing a decision from the IND.

The IND decides late

Has the decision period passed and you have still not received a decision on your application or review? Then the IND is late in deciding. Find out what you can do if the IND is late with its decision.

Validity of a residence permit for an economically inactive long-term EU resident

Your residence permit is valid for 5 years. After that period has expired you can extend your residence permit or apply for a permanent residence permit.

Working in the Netherlands as an economically inactive long-term EU resident

You will not be working straight away, but with this residence permit you are allowed to work freely in the Netherlands. Your employer will not require a separate work permit (in Dutch: tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV) for you. The back of the residence permit states: Free to work. No work permit required (in Dutch: 'arbeid vrij toegestaan. TWV niet vereist')

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