Accelerated procedure


Country Report: Accelerated procedure Last updated: 22/05/23


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General (scope, grounds for accelerated procedures, time limits)

There is no accelerated procedure defined as such in the law. However, since 2016 a specific “simplified procedure”[1] (“Track 2”) has been established by Article 3.109ca of the Aliens Decree for applicants who are presumed to:

In these cases, the procedure in practice is conducted in less than 8 working days. The procedure is not applied to unaccompanied children in practice, although this is not regulated by law.

From 1 January to 1 October 2019, 1,800 applications were processed under Track 2.[2] In 2020, 1,504 applications were processed under Track 2.[3] In 2021, approximately 1,486 applications were processed under Track 2.[4] Statistics for 2022 are not yet available.


Personal interview

See Regular Procedure: Personal Interview.



Applications falling under the accelerated procedure may be rejected either as inadmissible or manifestly unfounded. Therefore, an appeal before the Regional Court must be lodged within one week and has no automatic suspensive effect.


Legal assistance

Contrary to the regular procedure, asylum seekers channelled under the accelerated procedure (“Track 2”) are not appointed a lawyer from the outset of the procedure. The lawyer is appointed when the IND issued the intention to reject. As a result, there is not much time for the lawyer to get to know the applicant’s case.




[1] The term “simplified procedure” is used by the IND in the relevant information leaflet, available at:

[2] Antwoord op vragen begroting Kamerstuk 35300 VI (Parliamentary questions), nr. 23, available in Dutch at

[3] Rijksoverheid, Staat van Migratie 2021, available in Dutch at:

[4] Rijksoverheid, Staat van Migratie 2022, available in Dutch at:

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation