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Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service

The Immigration and Naturalisation ServiceExternal link (Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst, IND) implements policies applicable to foreign nationals in the Netherlands.

This means that the IND assesses all residence permit applications submitted by people looking to move to the Netherlands or obtain Dutch citizenship. These people include refugees fleeing their home country and seeking asylum, or people planning to work or study in the Netherlands, or reunite with family members already living here.

Other situations include residents who have been living in the Netherlands for so long that they consider themselves Dutch. They can obtain a Dutch passport under the IND's naturalisation procedures.

Any decisions made can have a major impact on people's lives, which is why the IND is meticulous about how it makes these decisions.

The IND ensures that foreign nationals eligible for a residence permit receive the correct type of permit. It's also important that any information you submit to the IND is accurate and complete. This should be no surprise, as the IND has to make a decision based on this information. Applications may be refused or permits revoked if the IND discovers that you've provided inaccurate information.

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service is a partner of Business.gov.nl.

Webinar 'Work in Holland: Special permit for alumni of higher education'

On 10 July 2018, the IND and Nuffic broadcast the free English webinar 'Work in Holland: Special permit for alumni of higher education'. The webinar explains the ins and outs of the so-called Orientation Year Visa.


  • What is an Orientation Year?
  • Who can apply?
  • How do I apply (including a demo on how to submit the application)?
  • Tips and tricks on how to start your Career in Holland
  • How to stay in touch, connect and join the Holland Alumni Network

Click this linkExternal link to read more and to watch the webinar.

Any further questions?

Please contact the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service

+31 (0)88 043 0430

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Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service