How to Get a Dutch Residence Permit? You made up your mind to settle in the Netherlands. But there is a small issue you need to deal with: residence permit. In this article, we will talk about what you need to know about the Dutch residence permit, in which cases a residence permit can be obtained, what are the steps you need to follow to obtain your residence permit. We came to the Netherlands through business. That’s why we are experienced in this matter. Below we have written ways to get here in different ways. However, we do not have detailed information. Let’s warn you right now.
f you intend to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days, you must have a residence permit (standard visa is sufficient for a stay of less than 90 days). Residence permit can be given for situations such as work, family reunification, education, au pairing. Although citizens of some countries can live in the Netherlands without a residence permit.
In order to obtain a Dutch residence permit, you must have a really valid reason. Or if you are thinking of trying to enter the country by waving your arms and saying, “The Netherlands is a beautiful country, you can live here, huh”. Let’s warn now, don’t think 🙂
The documents differ according to the reason for the application. Since we got our residence permit for work reasons, we will be sharing our own experience.
Terms You Should Know
In order to dominate the subject, it is necessary to know certain terms and institutions.
IND (Immigration and Naturilisation Service) / Immigration Office
The way to obtain a residence permit is to apply to the IND, the Immigration Office. It makes all the decisions here. Write your name in your heart as Tarkan said.
MVV (Permission for Provisional Residence)
You can think of MVV as a special visa that some nationalities must obtain. We can call it a pre-registration permit. While tourist visas are type C, MVV is also referred to as type D visa. Thanks to this, you can enter the Netherlands without a tourist visa and receive your residence permit in the Netherlands. But this is not the actual residence permit. MVV is given on a 3-month basis. After entering the Netherlands, you must receive your residence permit card within 2 weeks.
Many types of residence permits require a sponsor. The sponsor can be a person or an institution. If you have found a job, your company is your sponsor, if you are going to graduate, your university is your sponsor. So, in a way, nice people who are leading the way for you to come.
We’ll go into more detail in the employment guide, but the IND has a list of companies and educational institutions that can sponsor. You can find the list here . If the name of the company or educational institution is not mentioned here, it cannot be a sponsor. However, you can apply to be a sponsor. But some companies do not approach it because they find it expensive.
Highly Skilled Migrant
It is useful to know this term as well. Many people who come to the Netherlands from another country to work come in this status. This has advantages for both employer and employee. We will be explaining this in more detail in the guide to finding a job in the Netherlands. Let’s say you are married but one of the spouses found a job. Your spouse also gets a residence permit at the same time as you. You already submit the documents together with the application. In this way, he can come to the Netherlands with you without finding a job, and if he wants to work, he can continue the job search process in the Netherlands.
Also, Highly Skilled Immigrants can receive their residence permits from the Expat Center located in the city where they will live in the Netherlands, instead of the IND office.
How to Obtain a Dutch Residence Permit?
As we mentioned above, a residence permit can be granted in different situations. We will briefly talk about them and touch on our way of coming to the Netherlands by finding a job.
Family Reunification / Partnership
If you marry or partner with a Dutch person or a Dutch residence permit holder, you can also obtain a residence permit. Even in the case of love, these eyes have seen that it is given. For this, the person who is your partner must be your sponsor, apply, and your partnership must be proven. There is no obligation to register to the list mentioned above for the sponsorship in question here. It applies to companies and educational institutions.
We heard you have a job to prove it with photos for the girlfriend status. After obtaining a residence permit, it is obligatory to live at the same address. The same is true for spouses. It would be silly otherwise, wouldn’t it? 🙂
You came to your lover, but you broke up. We seem to hear you say what will happen now. That’s why people usually break up as friends and keep being registered to the same address. But in theory you have to turn pasha pasha.
Dating from Peer Status
Let’s say you started a family with a Dutch person or settled in the Netherlands with your …. spouse’s residence permit. In this case, your residence permit becomes dependent on your spouse’s/partner’s residence permit. What does this mean, if for some reason your spouse’s/partner’s residence permit fails (he came through work but lost his job), then your residence permit is also in danger. If you started working after you arrived, you can ask your employer to apply for a residence permit on your behalf. In this way, you will ensure yourself for any situation.
When you come to the Netherlands for educational reasons, a residence permit can be obtained. Of course, there are certain conditions for this as well. Provides a Dutch residence permit for undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral or research studies. For this, you must be accepted by the school and the educational institution must be on the sponsor list here . Apart from these, there are also different requirements. You can find information specific to your situation at this link .
If you intend to work in the Netherlands after completing your education or research, an extra 1 year residence permit is given for this. A new application must be submitted for this additional period. Details are here .
Au pair (Volunteer helper in child care)
It is also possible to come to the Netherlands to become an au pair. People between the ages of 18-31 can do this. You register at the address of the family you will be staying at and all your expenses are covered by them. This concept exists in many countries. If you cannot come to the Netherlands with different possibilities, this can also be tried. Remember, this method is only valid for one year and cannot be done twice. We leave the details here .
Arriving Through Business
Finding a full-time job and obtaining a residence permit in the Netherlands is actually a very popular method, especially in the last few years. In fact, we should say that it is relatively easier to get a residence permit in this way. By job, the author is talking about a paid job here. You can start a business or find different business opportunities in the Netherlands. In these cases, you can find detailed information about the residence permit from this link .
Removal of Session Permit
We will talk about residence permit through work based on our own experience. Our process was as follows. First I (Zeynep) found a job. The company I was dealing with was already a registered sponsor with the IND. He was also very familiar with the processes. There are documents required to start processes in the IND. An application is made to the IND with documents such as a signed employment contract (are we surprised?), copies of passports, an Antedecents Certificate (if you have a spouse, he will also sign the same form) that you have confirmed that you have not messed up in the past. The only thing to do next is to wait for the answer. Although the IND says 90 days, both our experience and the experience of those around us, the process is concluded within 3-4 weeks.
What You Need to Do to Get a Residence Permit
1- As we mentioned above, you need to get MVV first. The sponsors make the application for MVV. Let’s say you found a job. Your company can apply for both MVV and residence permit at the same time. In fact, the MVV and the residence permit are approved at the same time. You can think of it as if you are using the MVV to obtain a residence permit after arriving in the Netherlands.
2- If the IND approves the MVV, your company will probably notify you. But you will also receive an email from the Dutch Consulate General. This email will contain everything you need to do.
3- You will get an appointment via the link sent by that email. There are documents you need to take with you to the appointment. You wait for that email again. However, we have prepared the following documents. It can be useful for ideas.
- MVV form (Form here ). This form must be completed for all family members relocating to the Netherlands.
- Passport with at least 6 months validity
- 2 photos taken in the last 6 months, 35×45 mm in size, with an open background – think like biometrics, only the size is different
- International birth certificate (to be obtained from the Civil Registry)
- Marriage registration sample for those who are married (from the Civil Registry Office)
- Passport copy of your spouse/partner
- Marriage certificate for those who are married
- Population family registration sample (via e-government or from the Population Directorate)
The documents requested at this time may have changed. We did this 3 years ago. An e-mail from the consulate will give you the most accurate information.
Important note: You need to have the documents translated by a sworn translator and apostilled at the notary public where the translator’s oath is taken. In other words, with this process, the document has international validity. There are usually translators around the consulate. Still, it’s important to do it in advance so you don’t have to leave it to the last minute and reschedule.
4- You have to go to your appointment and deliver all the documents. During the application, fingerprints are taken and photographs are taken.
5- We delivered the documents and received our passport with MVV visa on the same day. We cannot describe our happiness that day. It was quite a big step for us.
6- You can enter the Netherlands with this visa. After entering the Netherlands, you need to get your original residence permit within 2 weeks. This issue is critical.
7- To celebrate when you receive your residence permit. We are aware. This is a huge step. Enjoy.
Congratulations! Now you know many things that are required to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. We hope this article helped you. If you have any questions, we welcome you in the comments.
Good luck to everyone in this process!
The minimum wage in the Netherlands for 2023 has been announced
In the Netherlands, the government increased the minimum wage by 10.15 percent for the first time since 1969. In 2023, the minimum minimum wage was increased to 1934 euros.
The energy crisis and the cost of living that came after the days of the pandemic affected the citizens and especially the employees very badly this year. The government announced a new support package for low-income people in its 2023 budget, which it announced recently.
The cabinet, which tries to provide support in certain areas to increase the purchasing power of the citizens, announced the minimum amount of minimum wage to be applied for 2023.
For the first time since the six-month hike of 8.05 percent in 1969, the cabinet has increased the minimum wage by 10.15 percent as a semi-annual increase. However, the gross minimum wage of 1,756.20 euros, valid in the second half of 2022, was increased to 1,934.40 euros as of January 1, 2023.
As of January 1, 2023, the legal gross minimum wage for full-time workers aged 21 and over will be:
Monthly: € 1,934,40
Weekly: € 446.40
Daily: € 89.28
The 10.15 percent increase to be applied to the minimum wage will also be reflected in all other allowances and aids such as AOW, social assistance and Wajong. As a result, the minimum wage increase will also have positive effects on the incomes of social assistance recipients and retirees.
Canadian pop star Kris Wu jailed for sexual misconduct
Chinese-born Canadian singer Kris Wu was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping three women in November and December 2020.
A year after the arrest of pop singer Kris Wu by a Beijing court in the Chinese capital, Beijing, he was found guilty of crimes, including sexual abuse, and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
According to The Guardian, the Beijing court ruled that the Chinese-born singer sexually abused three women in November and December 2020.
“Wu Yifan took advantage of three drunk women in his home,” the court said on its official WeChat account.
Wu was detained in Beijing on July 31, 2021, after an 18-year-old Chinese student accused him and other girls, some of them under 18, of inciting to have sex with him.
The student told the media at the time that Wu tried to persuade her to have sex after she was 17-years-old with alcohol.
The court also found Wu guilty of gathering crowds to have sexual intercourse in July 2018.
The tax office said Wu was ordered to pay around 600 million yuan for the crimes of “hiding personal income, tax evasion, as well as underpaying taxes”.
The court announced that Wu would be deported, but lawyers in China said such deportations usually take place after the sentence has been served.
90% of hospitals in the Netherlands are at risk of loss by 2023
It was stated that 90 percent of the hospitals in the Netherlands are at risk of making a loss in the next year due to the high inflation and the increase in personnel and energy costs.
In the news published in the local media, it was stated that the Dutch Hospitals Association (NVZ) had the Finance Ideas Institution conduct research in 56 hospitals in the country.
In the news, it was stated that 90 percent of hospitals are at risk of loss in the next year due to high inflation in the country and the increase in personnel and energy costs.
In the news, it was reported that hospitals were not allowed to increase health service fees in order to generate more income in order to meet the increasing energy and wage costs.
It was reported that NVZ President Ad Melkert evaluated the result of the research as “disturbing”, and pointed out that health insurance companies have not yet approached this and that time is running out.
“Hospitals now need all the resources to invest in the best care for their patients, good working conditions for healthcare professionals and the implementation of the recently signed Integrated Care Agreement,” Melkert said in the news. statements were also included.
NS offers up to 75% discount on trains from the Netherlands to Belgium
Are you planning to go on a winter vacation? You are lucky; because on this Legendary Friday, NS International is offering a huge discount of up to 75% on train tickets to and from Belgium.
Tickets are sold online at (nsinternational.com) where you need to book directly.
Discounted train tickets to Belgium must be purchased between 25 – 28 November.
The campaign is valid for the travel period between 2 December 2022 and 28 February 2023.
The Netherlands will make a worldwide apology for its history of slavery.
The Dutch government will formally apologize for the country’s history of slavery at 8 separate locations around the world on Monday, December 19th.
Instead of paying compensation for slavery, the government will allocate 200m euros to raise awareness on this issue.
This development, announced by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS, was also confirmed by government sources in The Hague.
Seven government ministers will travel to the former Dutch colony of Suriname and the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten on December 19.
Dutch ministers will here make a formal apology on behalf of the state for the country’s history of slavery.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will also make an apology in The Hague on the same day.
The weather will get colder next week in the Netherlands
According to the Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI), after a weekend of mild weather, the Netherlands will be affected by lower temperatures from the second half of next week. Temperatures can drop as low as 5 degrees from Wednesday.
On Friday and Saturday, light showers are expected in the east, with a mixture of clouds and sun. Temperatures will be 11 degrees on Friday and 9 degrees on Saturday.
Although the week will start with rain, drier weather is expected from Tuesday.
“As the week progresses, the effectiveness of cold weather will gradually increase,” KNMI said. Temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be between 5 and 9 degrees. Next week will see cooler weather as temperatures drop below normal towards Saturday.
Strict supervision of energy companies is required in the Netherlands
Consumers and Markets Authority wants strict monitoring of energy companies
The Consumers and Markets Authority has demanded that power companies be given stricter monitoring powers, saying rules for energy companies need to become much stricter to avoid new problems in the future.
Chairman of the Board Martijn Snoep says that the current problems in energy companies are not over yet and that adequate supervision is not provided by the current rules. “We can’t do the things we want to do, so we don’t control enough. The current laws were designed at a time when there was enough gas in the Netherlands, when there was no climate problem yet. So the system needs a fundamental overhaul,” Snoep told the NOS Radio 1 Journaal.
Last year, several energy companies went bankrupt after the gas price skyrocketed. According to the regulator, the problems could not be avoided under the current rules. That’s why chairman Snoep advocates subjecting more than 60 energy companies to rules similar to those that banks currently have to deal with. Snoep thinks this will significantly reduce the risk of bankruptcy.
In addition to these, the Consumers and Markets Authority wants a guarantee fund to be established in case companies go bankrupt. According to Snoep, consumers can receive support from this fund for energy cost expenditures that change from day to day, as was the case with Welkom Energie customers last year.
Health insurance should be taken as an example
Snoep also wants the range of energy companies to be simpler and easier for consumers to compare. As with health insurance, demands are to have a fixed period during which consumers can switch from one supplier to another.
Currently, energy companies have difficulty in offering permanent contracts due to the great uncertainty in the energy market. Dutch Climate Minister Jetten announced that they are working on the possibility of determining by law that energy companies should offer permanent contracts.
Netherlands to invest 50 million euros in bike lanes
Recent research shows that accident-related casualties among cyclists will increase in the coming years if no action is taken by the Dutch government.
As more and more Dutch and foreign bikers cycle along the lanes, accidents are also becoming inevitable. The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Harbers, has a plan to prevent further loss of life.
Minister Harbers announced that 50 million euros will be invested in bike lanes to improve bike safety for groups more prone to accidents.
These investments are expected to be aimed at preventing accidents that occur especially in the places where the elderly live and in sports and school environments.
Older people are one of the most cycling groups in the Netherlands, but they are at higher risk of being seriously injured in these accidents. This is why it becomes even more important to provide them with extra protection.
Similarly, it is common in the Netherlands to see children growing up on bicycles. This means that children, as well as the elderly, should be considered at the forefront of measures against bicycle accidents. According to studies, about 1 in 5 cyclists who visited the emergency room after an accident was younger than 17 years old.
In addition, more than 80% of serious bicycle accidents in 2019 are related to a motor vehicle. Therefore, great steps need to be taken in this area as well.
Cycle lanes are getting more crowded as more people enjoy cycling in the Netherlands. Naturally, the tendency for accidents to occur with different vehicles traveling at different speeds is also growing.
Energy prices will rise in the Netherlands in 2024
Energy prices in the Netherlands are expected to rise in 2024.
According to the homeowners association VEH, the average gas and electricity bill will increase by around 2,500 euros in 2024.
VEH director Cindy Kremer calculated to Telegraaf that the spike will rise sharply once the Dutch Government stops stabilizing energy prices.
This month and next month in the Netherlands, many households will receive 190 euros per month from the government due to high energy costs. The government temporarily reduced VAT on gas and electricity from 21 percent to 9 percent. Next year, a price cap on average energy consumption will continue to apply.
900,000 people could not find a home in the Netherlands last year
It was announced last year that nearly 900,000 people in the Netherlands said they wanted to move but could not find a home.
According to the Dutch Housing Survey conducted by the Netherlands Statistical Institute for 3 years, 900,000 people could not find a place to move in 2021. It was announced that this figure was 400,000 in 2015.
While the percentage rate of this figure was 3 in 2015, it increased to over 6 percent in 2021. The number of people who wanted to move but could not move due to housing shortages more than doubled.
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