In the light of the tragic events which are currently unfolding in the Ukraine, the Dutch Immigration service (IND) has announced today that it will treat Ukrainian nationals residing in the Netherlands or seeking residency in the Netherland with leniency. This can involve the following exceptions:
- A Ukrainian national may exceed the 90 day free term period and extend his/her temporary stay to a maximum of 180 days.
- For long term stay Ukrainians are normally required to go through the Dutch embassy in Kiev to pick up their entrance visa. Under the current circumstances the IND acknowledges that this isn’t possible and will either exempt Ukrainian applicants from this requirement, or ask them to go to a Dutch embassy for instance in Warsaw.
- If original source documents are missing which are required for the application (birth certificate for example, or an Apostille stamp), then the IND will view this with leniency and look for alternatives
- The review of asylum applications will be suspended until further notice.
Do keep in mind that in spite of these exemptions the IND will require that the conditions of the respective permits are met. Ergo a highly skilled migrant is still required to meet the salary threshold and for family reunification the sponsor will still need to show sufficient and stable income.
Our firm is monitoring these immigration developments for Ukrainian nationals and will continue to search for the most optimal solutions for our Ukrainian clients
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