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Immigration to the Netherlands in summer time

The sunny period will start soon. A busy time of the year. 1I would like to share a couple of things with you about immigration to the Netherlands in summer time. As many highly skilled migrants enter the Netherlands in this time of year, there are a few things to take into account:

    • Whereas the regular decision term for the highly skilled migrant procedure is two to four weeks, in this period the decision term may be longer because of the summer holidays;
    • the Dutch immigration services will undergo an extensive reorganization. The goal is to cut costs and to become more customer focussed. The reorganization will mean extra delays in the summer period. The immigration authorities IND have already advised to submit applications before or after July and August in order to prevent problems;
    • Renewal applications already take more time than MVV and residence permit applications. Be aware to apply in time for a return visa!

Return Visa

One requires a return visa when the validity of the residence card has expired and needs to travel after the expiry date. The return visa will allow you to re-enter the Netherlands. Please note that also family members need to collect a return sticker if they travel during the renewal procedure without having a valid Dutch residence card. You can collect a return visa stickers at an IND desk, only with appointment. The return visa sticker will be put in your passport and can also be used for multi-entry.

Having said all the above, I wish you a very enjoyable summer period. I hope that you will experience a wonderful summer time, wherever you may go!

In case you wish you receive our assistance with immigration to the Netherlands in summer time, please contact our office!