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Foreign nationals, wishing to stay in the Netherlands for more than 3 months, must apply for a residence permit for a specific purpose of stay.
Most nationals will need to apply for a provisional residence permit (MVV) allowing them to enter the Netherlands for a period longer than 3 months. Under the TEV procedure (Entry and Residence Procedure) a combined application for the MVV and residence permit is initiated. The MVV and residence permit are granted simultaneously (the denial will also be a simultaneous decision). The purpose of stay must be included in the application.
It may well be possible that for specific purposes of stay, a Dutch Integration Exam must be passed. Legal Crossing will be happy to specify for which grounds this Integration Exam requirement is necessary.
Upon arrival in the Netherlands, the foreign national may pick up the residence permit card. If the permit has not yet been processed, the foreign national must be able to prove the grounds of stay. Please contact our office for the required advice.
Partners, spouses and children younger than 18 years old may apply for a residence permit under the family reunification procedure. The Netherlands maintain strict conditions and extensive documentation must be provided. Salary levels must be maintained and official documents from the country of origin are required, legalisation procedures must be initiated.
Please do not wait too long to initiate the application. Certain countries can be very strict with the legalisation process allowing for a long and tedious procedure. We can provide you with advice on this process and the specific authorities that need to be contacted.
American and Japanese nationals may obtain a residence permit by establishing a company in the Netherlands without having to demonstrate that their business serves a Dutch interest and has an added value to the Dutch economy. Although the residence permit application seems to be relatively easy, one must be aware of existing pitfalls.
“Have you spent a year in the Netherlands to find a job? Highly skilled migrants are welcome to stay after the orientation year.”
A foreign national may apply for a permanent residence permit after having resided in the Netherlands for five consecutive years. The Dutch Integration exam must have been successfully passed in order to be eligible for the permanent residence permit.
Although the residence permit is issued as a permanent residence right, a renewal process is required after five years. We will be happy to apply for permanent residency and assist in the renewal process.