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Permanent Residence

When you intend to live in the Netherlands permanently, you may want to apply for a permanent residence permit.

Permanent Residence Service

A permanent residence permit can be applied for after a 5-year stay in the Netherlands.

Settle Service will inform about the documents needed and will prepare and submit the immigration documents. We will coordinate any necessary appointments at the immigration authorities. Settle Service will inform all parties involved during the process.

Conditions

When you apply for a permanent residence permit, this could be with or without the status of long-term resident EC. Please find herewith an overview of the conditions:

Without Longterm resident EC:

  • You have been living in the Netherlands for 5 years or more with a valid residence permit;
  • Your stay in the Netherlands was uninterrupted;
  • You hold a valid non-temporary residence permit;
  • You are registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP)
  • You have sufficient and sustainable income;
  • You have passed the civic integration exam (there are exemptions to this requirement, so when you feel you might be exempted, please check with us!)

With Longterm resident EC:

  • You have the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland. Or you are a family member of an EU/EEA citizen or a Swiss citizen. The following persons are considered family members:
    • Spouse or (registered) partner.
    • Family member in the ascending line: parent, parent-in-law, grandparent
    • Family member in the descending line: child, grandchild, great-grandchild
  • You have been living in the Netherlands for 5 years or more with a valid residence permit;
  • Your stay in the Netherlands was uninterrupted;
  • You or your sponsor (family member) have sufficient and sustainable income;
  • You are registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP)
  • You have a valid passport.

“During the process i was in touch about the requirements, the reading in the website about the 30% ruling conditions and implications were really useful. Regarding the documents i needed assistance to understand some meanings like valid documents to prof my residency and all was solved promptly.”

— By Ricardo, settled in 2020

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