Stronger residence permit

The IND determines if you can get a stronger residence permit and which papers you need.

Apply with the IND

On the website of the IND you can apply for a permanent residence permit Link opent externe pagina or a residence permit humanitarian non-temporary Link opent externe pagina.

First take the exam

To get a stronger residence permit, you must pass the integration exam. A Dutch as a Second Language (NT2) diploma is not enough.

Are you under 18 years old?

Are you under 18 years old? Then you do not have to take an integration exam. You will receive an exemption for this.

Do you already have AOW?

Are you entitled to AOW (Dutch state pension)? Then you do not have to take an integration exam. You will receive an exemption for this.

Exam too difficult

What if you really aren’t able to pass the integration exams? And you still want to apply for a stronger residence permit? You then need an advice from DUO. This advice is called the 'advies aantoonbaar geleverde inspanningen' (advisory statement on demonstrable effort). You need to meet a few conditions. 

Conditions if you have attended an integration course

  • You have attended at least 600 hours of an course. You can combine hours of an integration course and hours of a Dutch as a Second Language (NT2) course.
  • Your school is listed on the Blik op Werk website Link opent externe pagina.
  • You tried to pass all exams at least 4 times. No more than 2 of these attempts can be for the NT2-exam.

Conditions if you have attended a literacy course

  • You have attended at least 600 hours of a course. At least 300 hours need to be a literacy course. The rest can be an integration course, but only if you started the literacy course before the integration course.
  • Your school is listed on the Blik op Werk website Link opent externe pagina.
  • You must show what you have learned by taking a test at DUO. This test costs € 150. DUO will send you a bill for the test. After you have paid the bill, DUO will send you an invitation for the test.

Applying for an advice

You can use the form below to request this advisory statement. The advice will be sent to your home address. Send the advice to the IND, along with your application for a stronger residence permit.

Ill or handicapped

Are you unable to pass the integration exam, because you are ill or handicapped? And do you still want to apply for a stronger residence permit? Then go the IND website Link opent externe pagina.

Questions about residence permits

Do you have a question about residence permits? Then put your question to the IND Link opent externe pagina.