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Residence Permit Netherlands

Finding ways to live in a different country, juridically, can be a difficult path. Each permit has specific terms & conditions, and while one is better for a particular case, it may not be the most suitable option for you. In this FAQ we break down the most frequently resident permits questions for the Netherlands. For more information regarding these guidelines, we suggest getting in touch with us.

Residence Permit Netherlands​

The IND and Residence work permits


All residence work permit applications are processed by the IND (Dutch department of Immigration and Naturalisation).
Applications lodged in the Netherlands can be directly submitted with the IND. Applications from abroad can either be submitted at the Dutch embassy in your country of residence or in case of a sponsor already residing in the Netherlands at the IND.

How long does it take to get a residence permit in Netherlands?


After application with IND, it will take around two weeks for the visa to be approved. Following this, you need to apply for your MVV Visa (provisional Residence Permit) at the Dutch officials in your country of residence. This process can too take about two weeks, but it can take longer. For more information on this, contact us.

How long may I stay outside the Netherlands with my valid residence permit?


You may visit all Schengen countries up to 90 days in any 180 day period with your Dutch residence permit. You do not need a separate visa.

The MVV provisional residence permit


Some expats also need to apply for an MMV permit when they apply for a Dutch residence permit.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens


Citizens of EU / EEA countries and Switzerland do not need a residence permit to live and work in the Netherlands, in line with the EC Treaty. Expats from these countries are not required to register with the IND. However, if they stay more than four months in the Netherlands then they need to register at their local municipality (gemeente).

Need help with Residence Permit?

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