MPs restrict residence permit applications
29 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Immigrants will in future only be allowed to submit one application for a regular residence permit, either for work, study or family unification, the Dutch Parliament decided on Thursday.
29 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — Immigrants will in future only be allowed to submit one application for a regular residence permit, either for work, study or family unification, the Dutch Parliament decided on Thursday.
The proposal was lodged by right-wing MP Geert Wilders during general discussions around government policy and the budget.
MPs backed the proposal, calling on the Cabinet to amend current regulations.
Up until now, foreigners can submit an unlimited number of applications for a residence permit and remain in the Netherlands waiting for their assessment.
Wilders said foreigners are therefore staying unnecessarily long in the Netherlands, stressing that this undermined the nation's repatriation policy.
The former Liberal VVD MP also wanted to reduce pressure on the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and the nation's courts.
Restricting the number of applications for residence permits will lighten the workload.
A majority of MPs — including the government coalition parties Christian Democrat CDA and Liberal VVD — supported the proposal. The populist LPF also backed the motion.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news