The EU has extended the Temporary Protection Directive for Ukraine until March 4th, 2024.
In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine the EU had invoked the Temporary Protection Directive in March of this year. This protection measure would initially be valid for one year and would expire on March 4th, 2023.
The IND has announced on its website that this measure will be extended with one year. This extension applies to Ukrainian nationals, non-Ukrainians with permanent residency or an asylum status in Ukraine. Effectively this means that persons belonging to one of these three categories will retain their current right to reside and work in the Netherlands. Those belonging to one of these groups and who haven’t yet applied for protection, will be eligible for residency as well.
Unlike the initial measure of March of this year, the extension does not apply to persons with a temporary residence in Ukraine such as work, or study related residence permits. Their right to live and work in the Netherlands will therefore end on March 4th, 2023.
The maximum duration of stay under the Temporary Protection Directive is three years. After March 2024 it can therefore be prolonged for one more time. Naturally, much will depend on the developments in the war between Russian and Ukraine.
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