Admissibility procedure

Netherlands

Country Report: Admissibility procedure Last updated: 18/03/21

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General (scope, criteria, time limits) 

There is no separate admissibility procedure in the Netherlands. Having said that, the outcome of the asylum procedure may be that an asylum request is rejected as inadmissible.

 

According to Article 30a of the Aliens Act, an application may be declared inadmissible where the asylum seeker:

  • Enjoys international protection in another EU Member State;
  • Comes from a “first country of asylum” i.e. is recognised as a refugee or otherwise enjoys sufficient protection in a third country;
  • Comes from a “safe third country”;
  • Has submitted a subsequent application with no new elements;
  • Has already been granted a residence permit.

 

This examination is done in the asylum procedure as described in the Regular Procedure (“Track 4”) for most cases. Applications from persons who are presumed to have already received international protection in another EU Member State, however, are subject to an Accelerated Procedure (“Track 2”).[1]

 

There are no statistics available on the number of applications dismissed as inadmissible in 2020.

Personal interview

 

The same procedure as in the regular asylum procedure is followed, with the exception of persons who have already received international protection in another EU Member State.[2] Therefore the same remarks are applicable concerning the interview (see Regular Procedure: Personal Interview).

Appeal

 

The asylum seeker has one week to lodge an appeal against the decision to reject the asylum application as inadmissible.[3] This appeal has no automatic suspensive effect, except in the case of the “safe third country” concept.[4]

 

Legal assistance

 

The same procedure as in the regular asylum procedure is followed, with the exception of persons who have already received international protection in another EU Member State.[5] Therefore the same remarks are applicable concerning legal assistance (see Regular Procedure: Legal Assistance).

 

[1]                 Article 3.109ca(1) Aliens Decree.

[2]                 Article 3.109ca(1) Aliens Decree.

[3]                 Article 69(2)(c) Aliens Act.

[4]                 Article 82(2)(b) Aliens Act.

[5]                 Article 3.109ca(1) Aliens Decree.

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