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Non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals joining non-EU/EEA/Swiss relatives
Unless you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, or you're a relative of an EU/EEA/Swiss national already in the Netherlands, if you want to come to the Netherlands to be with family already there, you'll need to fulfil certain specific conditions.
Depending on your nationality, you may need a provisional residence permit (MVV) to enter the Netherlands and a residence permit to stay in the country for more than three months. As of 1 June 2013, you or your relative (your sponsor in the Netherlands) can apply for both permits in one application, through the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV).
Find out if you need an MVV for entering the Netherlands, or if you only need to submit an application for a Dutch residence permit: Read 'Dutch provisional residence permits (MVV) and temporary residence permits'.
Even if you are not from the EU/EEA/Switzerland yourself, but you have a family member who is an EU/EEA/Swiss national living in the Netherlands (including partners and spouses), different rules apply. See 'Family reunification residence permit for to join EU/EEA/Swiss nationals' for more information.
To join your spouse or partner in the Netherlands, you will also need to fulfil the following:
If you're a minor joining a parent, you must be:
How to apply
If you're applying for an MVV/residence permit through the TEV procedure, then you need to apply to your Dutch embassy or consulate in your own country.
If you only need to apply for a residence permit, then a sponsor (such as your family member in the Netherlands) can apply to the IND on your behalf while you're still in your home country, or you can wait until you arrive in the Netherlands and make an appointment at your regional IND desk. Do it as soon as possible as it can take 90 days to process your application and you will not be able to work until you have it. For IND addresses, click here
If you are applying for a residence permit yourself, you can download the form here.
If your sponsor is applying on your behalf, the form can be downloaded here.
Any foreign documents must be authenticated or ‘legalised' by authorities in your originating country and be in Dutch, English, French or German. For more information on how to legalise or translate your documents, see 'Preparing supporting documents for Dutch visa and permit applications'.
How much your application costs will depend on your personal situation but it currently costs EUR 225 to apply to stay with a relative. For more information on fees, click here.
The fee is to process your application, so you won't get a refund if your application is rejected. There may be additional administrative fees payable to the Dutch embassy or consulate handling your application, for the civic integration exam and for legalising documents etc.
It can take the IND 90 days to process your application.
When you have your permit
If your spouse/registered partner is allowed to work, then you will usually be allowed to work too without the need for an additional work permit, from the moment your own residence permit has been issued.
How long does the permit last?
Your permit will be valid for the same time period as the relative/spouse you are joining, up to a maximum of five years, and can be extended. Find out how you can extend your permit.
If your situation changes
If you came to the Netherlands to be with your partner or spouse but you no longer live with them, you will have to apply for a new residence permit if you want to stay in the country.
Read 'The complete guide to Dutch visas and permits' to find out if you're eligible to apply for a new residence permit with a different purpose of stay.
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