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On the 7th of December 2017 the European Commission put the Netherlands on notice for charging excessive and disproportionate fees for residence permits under EU Directives on legal migration. Greece and Portugal also received such letters of formal notice.

These EU directives cover the conditions of entry and residence for certain categories of migrants, such as students, researchers, and highly skilled workers but also long-term residents and beneficiaries of rules on family reunification.

Even though Member States are allowed to levy administrative charges for processing applications, these filing fees may not be excessive or disproportionate.

The Netherlands has two months to respond to the arguments put forward by the Commission.

Here you can find the full press release.

If you have questions about the above and the potential consequences, please contact Bram van Melle.

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