RESIDENCE PERMITS A TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT IS CONDITIONAL AND RELATES TO THE PURPOSE OF YOUR STAY. A PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMIT IS UNCONDITIONAL.
WHAT KIND OF RESIDENCE PERMIT?
CIVIC INTEGRATION ACT
• Eligibility and the type of residence permit (verblijfsvergunning) you need, depends on a variety of factors (age, income, country of origin, and so on). Temporary residence permits are renewable and issued for a set period, for up to five years. They usually last the length of your stay (work contract, study program, etc.). • After 5 years of legal, continuous residency, you can apply for permanent residence or consider citizenship (see below).
Civic Integration Exam (Inburgeringsexamen) must be passed within three years from arrival. The exam tests knowledge of Dutch language, culture and society. If passed, the candidate receives the Civic Integration Diploma (Inburgeringsdiploma), which is required for any permanent residence permit.
EU/EEA/SWISS NATIONALS AND RELATIVES • For EU/EEA/Swiss nationals, your passport or ID proves your right to live and work in the Netherlands. • If you are staying more than four months, you need to register at a local municipality, get a social number (BSN), and take out Dutch health insurance. Any non-EU/EEA/ Swiss family members must apply for a certificate of lawful residence and show proof of their relationship to the national. • After five years of residency, all EU/EEA/Swiss nationals and family members (who have lived with them) are eligible to apply for “permanent residence for EU citizens”.
• The Civic Integration Exam is different from the Civic Integration Examination Abroad, which is an examination taken before arrival in the Netherlands. The Civic Integration Examination Abroad forms part of the MVV-procedure, but does not apply to those coming for work, study or other temporary purposes. EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their families are exempt from all compulsory integration requirements. Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens staying for work, study or exchange, and their family members, are also exempt as long as they stay on the basis of these (temporary) residence permits, Persons under 18 years old, and pension aged persons are exempt as well. • As of 1 January 2013, the Education Executive Agency (DUO) ensures the implementation and enforcement of the Civic Integration Act. For information, check en.inburgeren.nl.
NON-EU/EEA/SWISS • Also called “third country” nationals need a residence permit to stay over three months and possibly temporary permit (MVV) to enter the Netherlands. • MVV and residence permit can be applied for with one application called the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV). • Sponsors – employer or family members – can apply for the permit on national’s behalf before arrival. MVV (MACHTIGING TOT VOORLOPIG VERBLIJF) • A visa sticker placed in a passport valid for 90 days. Travel to the Netherlands must be done within 90 days! Expats coming to the Netherlands must wait for the approval decision in their home countries. With the MVV-visa sticker they can enter the Netherlands. Their residence cards will be waiting for them at a designated IND desk. Nationals from EU/EEA/Switzerland (and their family members), Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, US and Vatican City do not need an MVV. For these nationals, biometrics needs to be done in the Netherlands after arrival; residence permit will be made thereafter. • Citizens with a “long-term residence permit EU” issued by another European Union (EU) member state are also exempt.
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