Verdonk begs for patience over IND delays

5th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

5 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) needs time to get its affairs in order, Minister Rita Verdonk said on Tuesday.

5 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) needs time to get its affairs in order, Minister Rita Verdonk said on Tuesday.

"Rome wasn't built in a day," the Immigration Minster said in response to criticism in parliament. MPs were concerned about the high penalties the IND has had to pay newcomers in recent years because of long delays in processing residence applications.

The IND had paid over EUR 350,000 in penalties during the first half of this year alone because of the delays.

During the weekly question time in parliament, Verdonk conceded that it was not very good that the IND found itself in the position to have to pay these penalties.

But she asked for understanding for the reorganisation the IND has yet to complete.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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