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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? • 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). 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. Croatian citizens however need a work permit for their first 12 months of employment. • 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. Croatians can also apply for this certificate if needed – but it is not compulsory. • 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”. NON-EU/EEA/SWISS • Also called “third country” nationals need 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. 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. • Citizens with a “long-term residence permit EU” issued by another European Union (EU) member state are also exempt. CIVIC INTEGRATION ACT • 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. • 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. HIGHLY SKILLED MIGRANT POLICY (KENNISMIGRANTENREGELING) • Employment-based immigration policy for highly skilled migrants. Combined residence-and-work permits are applied for by the employer, who acts as “sponsor”. • Only so called “recognized sponsors” can make use of this policy. IND keeps a public record of all recognized sponsors at: www.ind.nl/en/Pages/public-register-

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Expat Survival Guide 2019 – The Netherlands  

The Expat Survival Guide assists your first essential steps: finding a home and job, organising permits, setting up finances and healthcare,...

Expat Survival Guide 2019 – The Netherlands  

The Expat Survival Guide assists your first essential steps: finding a home and job, organising permits, setting up finances and healthcare,...

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