Government theme ImmigrationImmigrants are people who come from other countries to reside in the Netherlands for employment, family reunification or other purposes. Not all foreign nationals are automatically allowed to settle in the Netherlands. To settle here, you may require a residence permit, which you can obtain under certain conditions. For instance, if you are immigrating for family reunification, you must have a Dutch partner or a partner who is legally resident in the Netherlands and who has sufficient income. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) assesses applications for residence permits.
Government theme New in the Netherlands (civic integration)Newcomers to the Netherlands must comply with certain rules if they want to settle and work here. Some are required to take a civic integration exam. But newcomers also have rights. The rules differ depending on whether the newcomers are from inside or outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, particularly with regard to work and residence permits. The government takes a strict approach to unfair competition and illegal residence.
Government theme Return of foreign nationalsForeign nationals who have no right of residence in the Netherlands must leave the country. The government will help, for instance by providing financial assistance. Anyone who does not leave voluntarily can be expelled. Foreign nationals who are not allowed to stay are responsible for their own departure. Those who wish to return to their country of origin voluntarily can get assistance.
Advisory Committee on Aliens Affairs (ACVZ)On this website you will find information about the organisation, working methods and members of the ACVZ. Furthermore the summaries of some public ACVZ-Reports and Preliminary studies in English are also presented on this website.
Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA)The COA is responsible for the reception of asylum seekers. COA provides accommodation during the asylum procedure and prepares asylum seekers for staying in the Netherlands, returning to their country of origin, or transmigration.
Repatriation and Departure Service (DTV)The Repatriation and Departure Service (Dienst Terugkeer & Vertrek, DT&V) is an implementing organization of the Ministry of Justice and resides under the responsibility of the State Secretary of Justice. The Repatriation and Departure Service directs the actual departure of aliens who have no right to reside in the Netherlands.
International Organisation for Migration (IOM)The organization addresses a variety of migration issues in The Netherlands including the transportation of people to and from The Netherlands, (re)integration, combating human trafficking, labour migration, migration and development, and migration and health.