“It’s just getting better” is the reaction of Wittenborg students! “A residence card for the duration of my studies, without renewal fees – that’s great!”The Dutch Immigration Agency (IND) released some further information on next week’s implementation of the Modern Immigration Act, which will do away with the constant need for a residence card renewal and make visa applications for Study in Holland even easier and faster than they already are!
Modern Migration Policy Act from 1 June 2013
On 1 June, Modern Migration Policy Act will be introduced. This was reported by the State Secretary Teeven in his letter to the House of Representatives from 5 March 2013. At the same time, National Visa Act (also referred to as MVV Act) will be introduced. Part of Modern Migration Policy Act, namely the admission of wealthy foreign nationals, will not enter into force yet.
Issuance of a residence permit
After the entry into force of Modern Migration Policy Act, the IND will aim to have the residence permit ready as soon the foreign national enters the Netherlands. Issuance of a residence permit will be considered as publishing the decision of the IND to grant a residence permit. In the unlikely event that the decision is issued somewhat later, but no later than 2 weeks after the foreign national has reported to the IND, the foreign national can have a residence sticker placed in his passport. With this sticker, he can prove that he is legally a resident in the Netherlands and that he may work here. Foreign nationals may not work in the Netherlands unless they have a valid residence permit or a residence sticker.
Suitable passport photo
The IND has the intention to create a residence permit while the foreign national is still abroad. For the timely preparation of the residence permit, it is very important that the sponsor or the authorised representative sends the appendix “Photo card” with a passport photo of the foreign national enclosed with the application for a residence permit. The passport photo must meet the requirements listed in appendix L to the passport implementing regulations, the Photo Matrix Model 2007. A list of all the requirements that passport photos must meet, can be found on the website www.paspoortinformatie.nl.
Please note! If the passport photo does not meet these requirements, the IND will not be able to use the passport photo. In this case, a residence permit cannot be ordered. Then the IND will give you another opportunity to provide a photo card with the correct passport photo.
Modern Migration Policy regulations
You can consult these regulations via www.overheid.nl
• Modern Migration Policy Act, Bulletin of Acts and Decrees 2010-290, Act of 7 July 2010
• Modern Migration Policy Decree, Bulletin of Acts and Decrees 2010-307, Decree of 24 July 2010
• Amendment Vc 2000, Bulletin of Acts and Decrees 2013 no. 8389, Decree of 28 March 2013
• Amendment VV 2000, Bulletin of Acts and Decrees 2013 no. 9199, Regulation of 27 March 2013
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