How do I Get a Residence Permit in Netherlands?

If you wish to settle in the Netherlands you might require a residence permit. This depends upon various factors that includes your nationality, duration of your stay and so forth. A stay for 90 days or less, entails a tourist visa. This visa offers you the right to stay in the Netherlands. To know more, visit at tourist visa for the Netherlands. If you require a long stay in Netherlands i.e. for more than 3 months, you need to apply for a residence permit (verblijfsvergunning).

Work Permit

You should apply for a valid work permit in order to work in the Netherlands. It provides the right to an employer to invite a foreign employee into the country. The employer is accountable for requesting the permit.

In addition to the work permit, a valid residence permit is also required for an employee which is bound to the employment contract period and their country of origin. On the other hand, work permit is not essential until unless you are visiting the country as a highly skilled migrant (knowledge migrant or kennismigrant) or if you are from the EU, EER or Switzerland.

Highly Skilled Migrants

Highly skilled migrants (knowledge migrants or kennismigranten) are permitted to visit Netherlands, if they, qualify for an accelerated process. If your employer is involved in the highly skilled migrant scheme (kennismigrantregeling) by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and you meet the salary requirement, your employer can apply for your residence permit as a highly skilled migrant.

Biometric Security

Implemented by 1st of February 2014, residence permits must incorporate a readable chip including passport photo and two fingerprints.

Also, migrants that entail a temporary residence permit (MVV) should visit the consulate or embassy of their native country to get a photograph and their fingerprints recorded. On the contrary, those who are not entitled for an MVV can have their photo and fingerprints recorded in the Netherlands. The biometric data is secured on the card and fingerprints will be scanned as a means of verification.

About the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service is a component of the Ministry of Security and Justice (Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie) and is liable for the enforcement of the Netherlands’ immigration policy. The Service approaches entrance applications for family reunification or work in the Netherlands. It also handles residence permits for foreign nationals who are staying in the Netherlands.


Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)

Telephone: +31 (0)88 043 0430 (Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00)
Postal addresses