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Dutch citizens or holders of a Dutch residence permit for a non-temporary purpose of residence (except for study) may bring their foreign partner (whether married or unmarried) to the Netherlands.

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On 10 May 2017, the EU Court of Justice delivered an important ruling on the residence rights of parents without a residence permit who take care of Dutch children. The verdict is named after one of the parents who brought the case to the Court of Justice: Chavez Vilchez.

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Currently, family reunification in the Netherlands is only possible for members of the core family unit. The core family unit are the partners/spouses and children under 18. Adult children are not part of the core family unit. However, it is possible to bring your young adult child to the Netherlands in some cases.

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Currently, family reunification in the Netherlands is only possible for members of the core family unit. The core family unit are the partners/spouses and children under 18. The (grand)parents of adults are not part of the core family unit. It is however still possible to bring your parent to the Netherlands in some cases.

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Language requirement for naturalization and permanent residence remains level A2 in 2022

In 2022, the new Civic Integration Act 2021 enters info force. See also our previous article on the subject: New Civic Integration Act postponed.

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Chavez-mother files ECHR complaint against Dutch State

On behalf of a mother with an EU residence document based on the Chavez-Vilchez ruling, Elles Besselsen has filed a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

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Standard means amounts for family reunification as of 1 July 2021

The income amounts, considered by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) as adequate financial resources for applications for family reunification, are revised every 6 months. You will find the new standard means requirements as of 1 July 2021 below.

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Webinar for foreign art students

DATE: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
TIME: 4pm
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Our annual free lecture for foreign art students who want to stay in the Netherlands after graduation, will take place as a webinar again this year. The webinar will address the following:

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Can permanent residency or naturalization be acquired with a Chavez permit?

Currently, holders of a Chavez permit do not qualify for permanent residence or Dutch citizenship. Such applications are rejected by default. Several regional courts and the Administrative Division of the Council of State, highest administrative court in the Netherlands, ruled that these rejections were lawful due to the temporary nature of the right of residence based on a Chavez permit.

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