FAQ on the Residence Permit Extension

Updated on Thursday 02nd March 2017

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People who want to immigrate to the Netherlands and settle there for different purposes are invited to solicit information and assistance related to the needed visas and residence permits from our experts in immigration in the Netherlands.  We invite you to read the most frequently asked questions about how to extend the Dutch residence permit.


1.  When do I need to extend the residence permit?

If your Dutch residence permit is about to expire, make sure to extend it before the last day, to avoid the status of illegal immigrant. The IND (Immigration and Naturalization in the Netherlands) recommends to all foreign citizens who live in the Netherlands to extend the residence permit with three months before the expiration date.

2. How long can I stay with an expired residence permit?

According to the rules and regulations in the country, you cannot stay more than three days without a Dutch residence permit. The authorities can force you to leave the country if you haven’t extended the residence permit in the Netherlands. If you want details about the immigration in the Netherlands, you can ask for support from our consultants.

3. What types of residence permits cannot be extended?

The au pair, trainee, working holiday scheme, seasonal work, orientation year for graduates permits cannot be extended in the Netherlands. But you can apply for a new one and respect the main conditions as for the first application you’ve made. We remind that the travel documents, the diploma, and the bank statements need to be provided when applying for a Dutch residence permit extension.

4. What other conditions need to be considered when extending the Dutch residence permit?

A foreign citizen who lives in the Netherlands and want to extend the residence permit needs to make proof of his address in the country, to present the available residence permit and to explain the purpose of his/her stay in the country. It is good to know that if your situation has changed, you must announce the IND. Just like any Dutch immigration lawyer, our consultants can offer complete and suitable assistance when extending the residence permit.

5.  Can I extend my Dutch residence permit with six months before the expiration time?

No, you cannot extend the residence permit if you have a six-month validity, but it is recommended to submit your application within three months earlier.

Please do not hesitate to contact our team or specialists in immigration in the Netherland for further information about the extension for Dutch residence permits.


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