EU citizen registration rule comes into force

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1 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — Citizens of other EU states, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland who are moving to the Netherlands from 1 May onward must register with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

1 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — Citizens of other EU states, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland who are moving to the Netherlands from 1 May onward must register with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

*sidebar1*The regulation applies to citizens of these countries who wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than three months. "They will no longer have to request proof of lawful residency and in addition, they will no longer be issued with a residence permit," the IND said in a statement on its website. EU and EEA citizens who register with the IND will receive a sticker in their passports as proof.

Family members of these people who themselves are not citizens of an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland must still submit a request for verification against EU Community Law, also known as Proof of Lawful Residence. This also applies to citizens of Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia, as long as the EU job market is still restricted for these people, the IND said.

Immigration professionals say obtaining the sticker of registration, apart from being compulsory, could be useful to expats in the Netherlands.

"It is free. If ever there is a question about your status in the Netherlands, you will have the evidence. The police, immigration service, banks etc will see straight away that you are a legal resident," immigration lawyer Patrick Rovers wrote in an article for Expatica recently.

Michiel Tjebbes of Everaert Immigration Lawyers explained the change has been brought about by an EU directive. "The main change - certainly no step backwards - will be that EU citizens no longer need any residence card (as was the case de facto for some time already) but simply have to register with the authorities in accordance with article 8 of the Dir. 2004/38."

Another new development is the introduction of a right of permanent residence after five years. Although a residence permit for unlimited stay already existed on rather strict conditions under Dutch national immigration law, no such right existed in EC law, Tjebbes said.

Christian Barth of Expat Law added: "The IND is expanding the use of the sticker as a replacement for some residence permits but the sticker doesn't apply to all possible situations."

"Residence permits are still required for the immigrant's family members who don't have EU, EEA or Swiss nationality. They are obtained by filing an 'Application for Verification against EU Community Law' (proof of lawful residence).  There is also a new document called "Permanent Residence EU Citizens" which can be issued to EU Community nationals who've been living in the Netherlands for more than five years," Barth said. The cost is EUR 30.

EU and EEA citizens who have a valid residence document are not required to register with the IND.

Links

  • For more information on registering, see the IND website

 

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Subject: Dutch news + IND + Registration for EU expats

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