Long-term residence


Country Report: Long-term residence Last updated: 30/11/20


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Pursuant to Article 45b(1)(d) and (e) of the Aliens Act, a beneficiary can obtain a long-term residence permit if he or she meets the requirements of Article 45b(2) of the Aliens Act:

v  The applicant must have had legal stay for five continuously years and immediately preceding the application. In the aforementioned period, the applicant is not allowed to stay outside the Netherlands for six consecutive months or more, or in total ten months;

v  Whether or not together with its family members, the applicant must have means which are independent, sustainable and sufficient;

v  Is not convicted for a crime threatened with imprisonment of three years or more;

v  Should not constitute a risk for national security;

v  Must have adequate medical insurance for him and his family members; and

v  Must have passed the integration test.


5,330 persons received long-term resident status in 2016, down from 5,210 in 2015.[1] In 2017 this number was at 9,030. No number was available in 2018 and 2019.

[1]IND, Annual report 2016, available in Dutch at: http://bit.ly/2EcDAp8, 28.


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