Temporary relaxation provisional permit requirement due to corona


On 16 April 2021, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)  has introduced a temporary but far-reaching relaxation around the provisonal residence permit (‘MVV’) requirement to accommodate applicants, family members and employers so that there is no need to travel back and forth to the country of origin. 

The staff of the IND and the Association of  specialized immigration law attorneys, (‘SVMA’) chaired by Julien Luscuere, partner of Maes Law, have prepared these measures. This relieves the stressful situation  for many people who are stuck in the Netherlands. In addition, this relaxation will contribute to limiting global traveling and to ease the pressure on the Dutch consular posts so that they can focus on the services to (stranded) Dutch people abroad. 


1. The foreign national must have entered the Netherlands lawfully before 23 January 2021;   

  • Lawfully means that someone has entered the Netherlands with a short-stay visa or has the nationality of a country that is exempt from the Schengen visa requirement. 

2. The foreign national is risking of getting into an irregular situation while he cannot leave the Netherlands due to the travel restrictions. 

  • If the visa or 90 days period has already expired, the IND will offer leniency when there is force majeure due to the coronavirus; 

3. The foreign national and sponsor (such as employer or partner) meet all the conditions for the residence permit. 

  • Applicants who are obliged to pass the basic civic integration exam abroad are now (temporarily) exempted from this requirement. 

Would you like to learn more about the details? Please contact Alex Allwell, Professional support lawyer.

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