Stronger residence permit

Do you want a residence permit 'humanitarian non-temporary' or 'permanent stay'? This is called a stronger residence permit. The IND website Link opent externe pagina explains when you can apply for a stronger residence permit. 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 first pass the integration exam. A diploma for the Staatsexamen Nt2 is not enough. 

There are 2 exceptions: Are you under 18 or are you entitled to a Dutch state pension (AOW) Link opent externe pagina because of your age? Then you don’t have to take the Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market (ONA) exam.

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).

Conditions

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

  • You have attended at least 600 hours of a 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 zoekinburgerschool.nl 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.

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

  • 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 zoekinburgerschool.nl 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..

Have you already passed one or more integration exams? Then you might not get a positive advice.

Applying for an advice

Please use the ‘Advies aantoonbaar geleverde inspanningen’ form to apply for an advice. The advice will be sent to your home address. Send the advice to the IND, along with your application for the residence permit.

Illness or disability

Are you unable to pass the integration exam, because of an illness or disability? And do you still want to apply for a stronger residence permit? Then check 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 .