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Immigrate to Netherlands from India

Immigrate to Netherlands from India

In order to immigrate to Netherlands from India, the Indian national will need to apply for and obtain a long-stay visa, the MVV.

The main steps for obtaining a Netherlands PR for an Indian are described in this article by our team.

Nonetheless, we know that in order to migrate to Netherlands from India one will need to make a number of important decisions for himself/herself, as well as other family members, if applicable.

Our Netherlands immigration specialists can assist those who wish to relocate to Netherlands from India.

If you have questions or concerns about a particular situation before applying for the MVV, do not hesitate to contact us.

Long-term stay in the Netherlands

Foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to Netherlands from India will need to remain in the country for longer than 90 days.

This means that they will apply for a long-stay visa, suitable for their purpose of stay, the reason for which they wish to move to the Netherlands from India.

Long-term stays in the Netherlands are typically applied for the following purposes:

  1. Employment: for an Indian national who has an employment agreement with a Dutch employer; this can also include intra-company transfers to a Dutch head office; conditions apply on the part of the employer;
  2. Business: for entrepreneurs who are able to open a company that complies with certain requirements for innovation;
  3. Study: one can also immigrate to Netherlands from India for study purposes, when accepted by one of the Dutch Universities or another recognized educational institution;
  4. Family reunification: available to the spouse or another family member of an individual who already lawfully resides in the Netherlands or is a Dutch citizen.

In most cases, the long-stay visa is applied for before the scheduled travel to the Netherlands, and the application is submitted to the Dutch Embassy in New Delhi or at another Consulate.

For those who migrate to Netherlands from India for paid employment, the employer in the Netherlands will apply for a residence permit with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Some of the following application costs apply:

  • Residence permit for looking for a job after completing the studies: €207;
  • Work in employment: €345;
  • Work as self-employed person: €1,446;
  • Start-up: €349;
  • Stay with a family member: €207;
  • Study (all education levels): €207.

Please keep in mind that these fees can be subject to change.

Permanent residence is obtained after a minimum, continuous and lawful stay in the Netherlands.

Our team can give you more details about the Netherlands PR for an Indian.

Living in the Netherlands

Indian citizens who remain in the country for more than 90 days are considered to migrate to Netherlands from India.

Some of the key matters are highlighted below by our team:

  • Certain issues, such as the MVV application and securing employment are taken care of before arriving in the country, while others, such as making sure that the driving license is valid for use are dealt with after arrival.
  • In order to immigrate to Netherlands from India one will also need to consider his or her family’s situation (if applicable) and find out whether or not their partner also needs a visa.
  • The goal of the relocation process will be to obtain a Netherlands PR for an Indian, the permanent residence card based on which the holder will be allowed to remain in the country and, if he or she sees fit, start the citizenship by naturalization process.
  • Before applying for citizenship, those who wish to immigrate to Netherlands from India will also need to consider the civic integration process, an ongoing process once the foreign national arrives in the country.

When working with our team in order to relocate to Netherlands from India, we will provide the needed information on the documents required by the Dutch authorities.

If you are interested in other ways in which you can remain in the country, you can discuss your options with our team. A residence permit in Netherlands can be issued to family members and the applicant’s partner (subject to conditions), for study purposes, for au pairs and for exchange purposes, and more. The validity of the permit varies, along with the needed supporting documentation. 

Contact us if you want to immigrate to Netherlands from India.

We can help you throughout the application process and provide you with information according to your purpose of stay and your particular family situation.

For many Indians, remaining in the country for long-term purposes is a way in which they will ultimately be able to apply for Dutch citizenship. Most Indian citizens will be able to become Dutch citizens through the naturalization procedure, once they have completed the minimum number of years they need to spend in the country. If you are ready to apply, you can reach out to our team.

Our immigration lawyers also assist other foreign nationals who wish to relocate to the Netherlands. We can help American citizens apply for a visa under the DAFT treaty, a special agreement between the two countries that was designed for those who are able to open a business with a minimum investment amount or engage in freelance activities (with some exceptions).