Short-term or long-term residence permits for individuals and families
Immigration to the Netherlands for private purposes is strictly regulated. One may apply for a long-term residence permit or the short-term residence permit, either one has its own particular procedures.
To obtain either the long-term residence permit or the short-term residence permit, the applicant needs to start the application procedure whilst he or she is still in his or her own country of origin.
Short-term residence permits or Schengen visa
For a short-term residence – e.g. for the purpose of visiting relatives or vacation – the applicant can apply for a (Schengen-) visa at the Dutch embassy or consulate in his or her own country. A visa allows its holder to stay for a period of maximum 3 months.
Immigration to the Netherlands: Long-term residence permits
For a long-term residence in the Netherlands – a Dutch residence permit –specific purpose of stay is required.
To change the purpose of stay or to extend your residence permit, you will need to submit a new application. During this application, the applicant does not need to return to his or her own country of origin.