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Declaration of Undesirability and Entry Ban

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What to do when Dutch IND grants no admission to The Netherlands?

IND decides on admission to the Netherlands. IND has the power to reject and revoke a residence permit. Regarding the border control, IND possesses even stronger enforcement powers:

  • Declaration of undesirability
  • Entry ban

Consequences of receiving a declaration of undesirability

If the IND issues the declaration of undesirability, it means that you are not allowed to enter the Netherlands. If you are declared as an undesirable person, it is even a criminal offense to be in the Netherlands.

No entry to The Netherlands for maximum 10 years

The declaration of undesirability is imposed for a maximum of 10 years. It applies only to the Netherlands and not for other EU countries. It can be imposed on you in case you are found guilty of committing a criminal offense and you have received a prison sentence of 1 month or more.

Note: A declaration of undesirability does not automatically terminate after its duration. A request has to be done by you.

Entry bans apply for all EU countries

If the IND issues an entry ban, it means that you are not allowed to enter the European Union for the duration of the entry ban (maximum 10 years). An Entry ban can be imposed on you in case you are found guilty committing a criminal offense in the Netherlands or you have not complied with the Dutch immigration laws.

Note: you cannot apply for visa or residence permit if the declaration of undesirability or the entry ban imposed on you is still valid. They have to be withdrawn first!

Get in touch with us if entry to The Netherlands is not allowed

Do you disagree or do you wish to request to lift the declaration of undesirability or entry ban issued on you? Schedule an appointment through our assistant or fill in the contact form.

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Tel: +31 10 425 7800 (English + Dutch)
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