Stronger residence permit

Apply with the IND

Do you want a permanent or temporary residence permit with the aim of ‘humanitarian non-temporary’ status? This is called a stronger residence permit. The website ind.nl explains when this is possible, and which papers you need. You must apply for the residence permit with the IND.

First take the exam

To get a stronger residence permit, you must pass the integration exam. You take this exam at DUO.

NT2 exam not enough

A Dutch as a Second Language (NT2) diploma is not enough for a stronger residence permit. You need to obtain the integration diploma. DUO will decide if you need to pass any extra exams (Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market and/or Knowledge of Dutch Society). After that, you will receive your integration diploma.

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).

Have you taken an integration course? Then you must meet these 3 conditions:

  • You have followed 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.
  • You tried to pass the exams at least 4 times. No more than 2 of these attempts can be for the NT2-exam.

Have you taken a literacy course ? Then you must meet these 3 conditions:

  • You have followed 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.
  • You must show what you have learned by taking a test at DUO. Once the form has been approved, DUO will send you a bill for the test. This test costs € 150.

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 check the IND website.

Questions about residence permits

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