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Currently, family reunification in the Netherlands is only possible for members of the nuclear family unit. The nuclear family unit are the partners/spouses and children under 18.

Adult children (age 18 and over) are not part of the nuclear family unit. They only qualify for family reunification if 'more than normal emotional ties' (in the sense of article 8 of the ECHR) exist between the parents and their adult child.

In order to comply with rulings from the European Court on Human Rights, the IND introduced the following policy rules for ‘young adults’ in late 2016:

It is not necessary to prove the existence of more than normal emotional ties if the adult child is:

  • a young adult
  • who has always belonged to the family of his/her parents
  • and continues to do so.

According to the IND policy rules, the IND considers a young adult to be someone between 18-25 years old.

In order to determine whether the young adult has always belonged to the family of his/her parents and continues to do so, the IND will always examine the following factors:

  • does the young adult live independently?
  • is the young adult able to provide for him/herself?
  • is the young adult married or in a serious relationship?
  • does the young adult care for a child of his/her own?

Whether or not a young adult can be seen as living independently from his/her parents or as not being able to provide for him/herself, is a factual determination and is always dependent on the facts and circumstances of the case.

The policy of the IND is not as clear cut as it seems. We therefore advise to contact Nikki Vreede or Lotte van Diepen for more information.

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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New Civic Integration Act postponed

Minister Koolmees of Social Affairs and Employment has deemed it irresponsble, in the light of the current conditions, to activate the new integration system on 1 July, 2021.

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Standard means amounts for family reunification as of 1 July 2020

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 2020 below.

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Webinar for foreign art students

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 2020, starts at 4pm
REGISTER VIA: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our annual free lecture for foreign art students who want to stay in the Netherlands after graduation, will take place as a webinar this year! The webinar will address the following:

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Important information for private clients...

...about submission of applications and procedures during the COVID-19/corona measures

It has been several weeks since the COVID-19/corona measures have been implemented. The offices and desks of the IND, as well as Court buildings, are mostly closed. Many people are under the impression that this means all procedures have been put on hold and it is not possible to submit an application for a residence permit, for an extension of a residence permit or for a change of an existing residence permit. This impression is not correct. Both the IND and the judiciary are working remotely as much as possible.

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