Fewer foreign partner visa applications

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13 May 2005 , AMSTERDAM — Significantly fewer applications to bring non-EU partners into the Netherlands were lodged with the immigration service IND in the first quarter of 2004. An IND spokesman said on Friday the number of applications fell by 25 percent in comparison with the same period in 2004. In the first three months of this year, the IND received about 7,600 applications, compared with 10,800 in the first quarter of 2004. Most of the applications were to bring a Turkish or Moroccan partner

13 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Significantly fewer applications to bring non-EU partners into the Netherlands were lodged with the immigration service IND in the first quarter of 2004.
 
An IND spokesman said on Friday the number of applications fell by 25 percent in comparison with the same period in 2004.
 
In the first three months of this year, the IND received about 7,600 applications, compared with 10,800 in the first quarter of 2004.
 
Most of the applications were to bring a Turkish or Moroccan partner into the country.
 
The decline in applications is possibly due to the stricter conditions the Cabinet imposed on the entry of foreign partners.
 
Since November last year, Dutch residents wanting to bring their partner into the country must earn at least 120 percent of the minimum wage.
 
The minimum age of both the applicant and Dutch resident was raised to 21.

The tougher regulations are part of a government campaign to reduce immigration as it moves to integrate the existing immigrant population into Dutch society.  

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