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If you come from outside the EU or European Economic Area and want to live and work in the Netherlands for more than three months, you must apply for a residence permit via the Toegang- en Verblijfprocedure’ (TEV) procedure. From the outset, you must have valid reasons for wanting to live in the Netherlands, for example marriage, family reunification or employment. It is important that you choose the purpose that best fits your situation as this will influence which permit application you submit.
Applying for a residence permit is no easy task. First, you must meet the following conditions before filing your residence permit application to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND):
If you meet the above requirements you can then send your application to the IND. When doing so, you must provide as many documents as possible to back up your reason(s) for staying in the Netherlands. Provide, for example, a certificate of registration for the university you will be attending, or an employment contract with a reference from someone at the company you will be working for. The IND will reply to your application within ninety days. If your application has been approved, you will receive a residence permit that will be valid for one year. After five years you will be able to apply for a permanent residence permit.
It is recommended that you hire an immigration lawyer to help you with the application procedure. A lawyer can also help you state your reason(s) for staying in the Netherlands and translate if necessary.
This will be apparent from the price indications that you will receive from various lawyers. You may also be eligible for a government reimbursement that provides for the costs of legal aid. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any advice, or visit www.lawspot.nl/en to register your case.
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Doordat er met echte interesse en de juiste vraagstelling wordt gewerkt hadden we snel een goeie advocaat te pakken die ons assisteerde bij onze zaak. Snel, duidelijk én persoonlijk. Ik had van te voren een ander beeld van de advocatuur...
Mijn casus werd door dhr. Maarten Drontmann in 1e instantie bekeken en hij heeft mij in contact gebracht met TK advocaten, waarmee ik nu nog contact heb. Eigen dossier-omgeving op internet is ook erg fijn. Hartelijke dank!