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EU nationals and their family members

All EU citizens and their immediate family members have the right to reside in the Netherlands, without a residence permit.

EU citizens or “Union citizens” are citizens of other EU members states that move to The Netherlands. They have the immediate right to reside in the Netherlands if they are employed, looking for employment, or are entrepreneurs, or if they have sufficient means to support themselves and cover their health insurance.

For family members of EU citizens who are nationals from another country, outside the European Union – third country nationals – the rights of residence applicable to EU citizens are extended to them as well. Even unmarried partners are often extended the same rights, and treated as Union citizens.

These third country nationals do not need a MVV to enter the Netherlands, and can request an entry visa to the Netherlands from a Dutch Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence/origin. Applying for such a visa is short, and cost free, process. Needless to say, family members who are third country nationals do not need to pass the Dutch integration exam.

After a period of 5 years residence, EU citizens and their family members are eligible for a permanent residence permit. This is the highest residence status in the Netherlands and can only be lost after an absence of two consecutive years.

News and events

New regulation for Asian cooks per 1 October 2019

10 September 2019 The new regulation for work permits for Asian cooks is publised. Only speciality restaurants of the following kitchens can apply for these work...

New regulation for employees of start-ups

12 August 2019 In the summer of 2020 a new regulation for employees from outside the European Union of innovative start-ups will enter into force. This new...

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