Residence permit


Country Report: Residence permit Last updated: 08/04/22


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Refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection are granted temporary asylum status for 5 years.[1] Material rights are the same. The residence permit also has a validity of 5 years.[2]

Procedure for granting a permit

The IND is responsible for issuing a residence permit. Asylum seekers who are granted temporary asylum (i.e. refugee status and subsidiary protection) status during their stay at the Application Centre are registered immediately in the Persons’ Database at the so called “BRP-straat” (BRP stands for Basisregistratie Personen, the Persons’ Database of the municipality) and will receive their temporary residence permit from the IND. There are no problems known to the Dutch Council for Refugees regarding tot this procedure.

Beneficiaries who already have been transferred to a Centre for Asylum Seekers (AZC) when granted temporary asylum status will, within a few weeks after the status has been granted, be invited to pick up their residence permit at one of the offices of the IND. There are no problems known to the Dutch Council for Refugees regarding this procedure

Because of COVID-19 the “BRP-straat” was temporarily closed on several occasions in 2020. Therefore, there is a backlog in registration, also during 2021. Because of limited capacity at the “BRP-straat” priority was given to the registration of refugees with a permit, who will be entitled to a house in a municipality.  Priority was also given to family members of refugees who came to the Netherlands because of family reunification. No priority is given to asylum seekers who want to be registered, unless there is a very special reason (for example medical reasons). During 2021, there was still a backlog in registration at the “BRP-straat”, even if it registered a decrease. Family members of refugees who came to the Netherlands due to family reunification were send to a “BRP-straat” at other locations. Since summer in 2021, they are registered at the “BRP-straat” in Emmen. During the COVID-19 crisis, various delays were registered in the time needed to receive the temporary residence permit (the document itself) from the IND. This is still the case in 2021.

The first issuance of the temporary residence permit for refugees is free of charge. In case the residence permit is stolen or lost, the beneficiary is requested to report this to the police.[3] In order to acquire a new permit, a form, which can be found on the website of the IND, has to be completed and sent to the IND. A copy of the police report has to be included. Costs for renewing a residence permit are €142 for an adult and €69 for a child.

[1] Article 28(2) Aliens Act.

[2] Article 4.22(2) Aliens Decree.

[3] Article 4.22 Aliens Decree; Article 3.43c(1) Aliens Regulation.

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