Your residence permit for study after graduation will remain valid until 3 months after deregistration from your educational institution. Or until the start date of your orientation year. If you wish to stay in the Netherlands after your study you have to apply for a different residence permit. As a graduate you can make use of the orientation year for graduates. With your permit for the orientation year you have one year to find a job in the Netherlands, for example as a highly skilled migrant.
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You can also apply for a start-up residence permit. This gives you one year to start an innovative company.
The IND does not provide information on the status of your application as long as a decision has not been made. In most situations, a (statutory) decision period applies. The IND can make use of the entire decision period to process your application.
If you would like information on your application (requirements, requested documentation, decision period, letters sent by the IND), we advise you to check our website first.
If you have any additional questions, you can call us at 0880 - 430 430 (normal charges apply, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).
Have you received a letter from the employee who is processing your application and do you have specific questions concerning this application? Then, you can contact the employee who is processing your application directly. For instance, if you cannot provide us in time with requested documentation.
You will find the direct phone number of the employee concerned in those letters (under ‘Contactpersoon’).
If you have sent an application to the IND, a notification of receipt will be sent to your home address. You can follow your application in My IND. Does the application have the status 'received'? Then the IND has received your application.
If you have not heard from us after 10 working days , you can contact us at 0880 - 430 430 (normal charges apply, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm). If you call us within these 10 working days, chances are that your application form has not yet been processed and we therefore cannot confirm receipt of your application.
Do you have a valid residence permit? Then sometimes you may qualify for an alien’s passport. For example, if you are unable to obtain a passport from your country of origin. You can use your alien’s passport to travel to all countries except your home country. You still need a visa for many countries. You can apply for a passport to the municipality where you are registered.
With your Dutch residence permit you may stay in all Schengen countries up to 90 days in any 180 day period without a visa. You do not need a separate visa. Take your passport and residence permit with you. Your passport and residence permit must be valid for your entire trip. Will your residence permit expire during your trip? Then apply for a return visa before you start on your trip.
Are you travelling to a country other than a Schengen country? Please inform at the embassy or consulate of the country where you are going if you need a visa.
Yes. If you want to apply for recognition for each business unit or faculty, you have to sign and submit a request for recognition to the IND for each branch or business unit. The different business units or faculties can also apply for recognition jointly. For a joint recognition, however, only 1 main contact person and 1 bank account number can be submitted for the different organisational units.
No. As recognized sponsor you are not obligated to submit a minimum or maximum number of applications per year.
However. the IND may withdraw the recognition if the recognised sponsor does not act as a sponsor for foreign nationals and has not had a residence permit or mvv granted on behalf of a foreign national for over 3 years.
An application for Social Assistance Benefits or other benefits from public funds may have consequences for your right of residence. For nationals of the EU/EEA or Switzerland and their family members the right to general resources increases with the number of years that they have lived in the Netherlands. The IND decides whether a General Application for Social Assistance Benefits or other general resource has consequences for the right of residence. If you live in the Netherlands for 5 consecutive years then you usually have complete rights to general resources.
A Dutch national is an EU citizen. But Dutch nationals usually cannot derive rights from EU law.
In the following situations Dutch nationals cannot derive rights from EU law:
You have never lived in another EU/EER Member State or Switzerland and have never used EU Community Law (right to free movement).
You have, besides the Dutch nationality, also the nationality of another EU/EER Member State or of Switzerland. But you have never lived in another EU/EER Member State or Switzerland and have never used EU Community Law (right to free movement).
In the following situations Dutch nationals can derive rights from EU law:
You have lived in another EU/EER Member State or Switzerland and thus used EU Community Law (right to free movement). You have had residence based on EU law.
You have lived in another EU/EER Member State or Switzerland together with your spouse or partner (without the nationality of an EU/EER Member State or Switzerland) for at least 3 months. You both have had residence based on EU law.
You have, besides the Dutch nationality, also the nationality of another EU/EER Member State or of Switzerland. And you have lived in another EU/EER Member State or Switzerland and thus used EU Community Law (right to free movement). You do not have to have lived in the country of which you also have the nationality.
You have obtained the Dutch nationality through naturalisation or option. One of the following situations apply to you:
You have lived in the Netherlands as an EU/EER citizen or Swiss citizen and used EU Community Law (right to free movement). At a later time you have obtained the Dutch nationality.
You were born in the Netherlands as an EU/EER citizen or Swiss citizen and you have always lived in the Netherlands. At a later time you have obtained the Dutch nationality.
You came to the Netherlands and at a later time you have obtained the Dutch nationality. Upon becoming a Dutch national you have kept your nationality of your country of origin. After your naturalisation your country of origin became an EU/EER Member State.
If you have lived in another EU Member State as a Dutch national, you have used the EU law to free movement of people. You may therefore be seen as a community citizen. You partner can apply for a residence document family member of an EU citizen if all of the following conditions are met:
You have both lived in that other EU Member State.
You have met the conditions of EU Community Law during the whole period you lived in that EU Member State. This means that your right of residence as an EU citizen has not been revoked due to for instance an appeal on social benefits.
You have lived together for at least 3 months in that Member State.
On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) with a deal. The agreements made are set out in the Withdrawal Agreement. If you meet the agreement's conditions you can continue living, working and studying in the Netherlands. But, you will need to apply for a residence document, at the latest on 30 September 2021. Find out more on the IND’s Brexit webpage. There is also much information about Brexit on government.nl.
Do you not come under the Withdrawal Agreement and wish to live in the Netherlands? Then the rules for nationals outside the EU/EEA apply to you.
This is not possible when you apply for a residence permit to stay with a family member. You (the sponsor) must yourself have a sufficient independent and long-term income in order to support your family member.
Is your family member coming to the Netherlands with a visa for short stay, then another person may be the sponsor of your family member.