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Netherlands: Residence Permit Fees to Be Increased in 2010

(Nov. 10, 2009) The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and the cost for the five-year renewal of a permanent resident document. (Press Release, Ministry of Justice, State Secretary Albayrak Increases Fees for Residence Permit (Nov. 3, 2009), available at
.) The key changes are as follows.

Regular residence permits: As of mid-November 2010, the application fee for extension of a regular temporary residence permit by foreign nationals will be €288 (about US$428), increased from €188; the application fee for a permanent residence permit will be €401 (about US$596), almost double the former fee of €201. The cost of regular permanent-residence permit renewal will be €41 (about US$61), effective January 1, 2010.

Highly skilled migrants: As of November 15, 2009, highly skilled migrants, who enjoy an accelerated procedure for residence applications, will pay €750 (about US$1,114) for a Regular Provisional Residence Permit (entry visa), as opposed to €250. In the view of the State Secretary for Justice, Nebahat Albayrak, the increase is not likely to result in a reduction of the number of such migrants, because investigation has shown that in their case the fee amount “does not have a decisive influence on the conclusion of an employment contract” and “[t]he fees are often paid by the employer.” (Id.)

Replacement documents: Issuance of a replacement document, including replacements for documents that have been lost or stolen, or of a new, independent residence document for a foreign national who turns 14 years old and therefore is obliged to provide proof of identify will cost €100, with a target date of January 1, 2010, for entry into effect.

Extension of permits for certain Turkish citizens: Certain groups of Turkish citizens will henceforth only have to pay €41 in application fees for extension of their residence permits. This decision is based on the September 17, 2009, ruling of the European Court of Justice in the Sahin case. Invoking the Association Agreement between Turkey and the European Communities, the Court held that the fee of €188 “was disproportionately high” in comparison with that for citizens of the European Union. The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service will make a new decision in regard to refunds for excess fee payments. (Id.; Press Release No. 92/03, Court of Justice of the European Communities, Judgment of the Court in Joined Cases C-317/01 and C-369/01 [“the Sahin case”], Eran Abatay and Others v Bundesanstalt für Arbeit: The Work Permit Requirement Imposed on Turkish Drivers of Lorries Registered in Germany Who Drive Between Turkey and Germany for an Undertaking Established in Turkey Constitutes an Obstacle to the Freedom to Provide Services (Oct. 21, 2003), available at; Turkey's Pre-Accession Strategy [has background on the Association Agreement], EUROPA portal, June 1, 2005, available at n' mso-ansi-language: EN-US”>