The Netherlands reduces the cost of filing and issuing residence permits


The Netherlands reduces the cost of filing and issuing residence permits

According to the Dutch Immigration and naturalization, the government decided to adjust the fees to take into account price increases, as well as changes in wage levels.

“From January 1, 2023, new fees are in effect. They are adjusted every year depending on price increases and wage indexation. This year, applicants are waiting for a number of improvements, », — the Immigration and Naturalization Service said in a statement.

According to the source, permits valid for five years will be available to foreigners, so they will not have to apply, and also pay for its renewal annually.

In addition to helping applicants save money, the authorities said the new rules will help them find work in the Netherlands and also integrate faster.

Among other changes, the Dutch authorities have decided to lower fees for self-employed applicants residence permit and its extension. The fee for the self-employed for obtaining a residence permit has been reduced by almost four times compared to last year — from €1,446 to €350.

Moreover, as of 1 January 2023, the fee for those applying for a residence permit on humanitarian grounds has been reduced from €1,109 to €210, and the renewal fee for this category of applicants has been reduced from EUR 397 to EUR 210.

At the same time, the cost of obtaining a residence permit for witnesses reporting trafficking in persons and any form of violence has also decreased — from 410 to 210 euros.

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