The humanitarian non-temporary permit (or “continued residence” as it used to be called) is a bit of an odd one amongst Dutch residence permits. Although, it is a temporary residence permit, it is very similar to permanent residency.
Just like the permanent residence permit (and EU long-term resident), the non-temporary humanitarian permit has no restrictions. Entry into the labor market is unrestricted and unconditional, and recourse to public funds will not affect the permit, where for many permit this can be reason for having it revoked.
An important advantage that non-temporary humanitarian permit has over permanent residency is that non-temporary humanitarian has no income requirement.
Conditions humanitarian non-temporary
- Five years of continuous residence on the basis of a residence permit
- Civic integration exam passed
- No threat to public order (criminal antecedents)
Minors who have had one year of residence with a parent before their 18th birthday can apply for humanitarian non-temporarily after only one year and do not need to be integrated. This also applies (amongst others) to persons who have had a residence permit as a victim of human trafficking or who have a residence permit on medical grounds, or who are staying with a partner and who are victims of domestic violence.
The non-temporary humanitarian residence permit is always valid for five years. It has the endorsement “labor free”, which means that one can enter the labor market without restrictions. And there is no restriction with regard to an appeal to public funds (public treasury).
Why humanitarian non-temporary?
We regularly advise our clients to apply for the non-temporary humanitarian permit, especially for their minor children. A very important reason is that this disconnects their length of stay from the sponsor parent. After all, one never knows what can happen and a gap in residence due to one thing or another cannot be ruled out.
Because the child has an independent residence permit, there is a greater chance that he/she will be eligible for a permanent residence permit (or EU long-term resident) on the 18th birthday. Children in possession of a permanent residency do not have to pay the tuition fee rate for foreign students, ±€8,000, but for Dutch and EU students of ±€2,500 per year.
Another important motive for choosing the non-temporary humanitarian permit is because there is no income requirement that does apply for permanent residency. It is possible that the income is temporarily too low, or if one has recently started working on self-employed basis, then the income is not regarded as sustainable. In order to strengthen the stay and to disconnect it from one or another conditions, humanitarian non-temporary can offer a solution.
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