Number of regular residence permits granted in the Netherlands 2018, by reason

This statistic shows the total number of regular residence permits approved by the Netherlands in 2018, by reason. It shows that there were three major groups that received regular residence permits: those coming to the Netherlands for family reunification or formation, students, and workers. Over 40 percent of the people receiving a residence permit for the Netherlands in 2018 came for the purpose of family reunification or formation.

Total number of regular residence permits approved by the Netherlands in 2018, by reason*

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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Netherlands

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

The source explains that persons who apply for a regular residence permit are not asylum seekers, but foreigners coming to work or study in the Netherlands. Non-Dutch nationals that are not EU or EER citizens wishing to stay for over 3 months in the Netherlands need a residence permit.

The source defines family reunification as the act of reuniting family members with family members who already immigrated to the Netherlands, with the purpose of living together in the Netherlands. This includes partners and children under the age of 18. Family formation means that a partner moves to the Netherlands with the purpose to marry or live together with a partner already living in the Netherlands, but with whom he or she had not lived with before.

The source explains that highly-skilled migrants with specific knowledge of skills receive a Blue Card residence permit. However, wage and education requirements apply.

Victims of human trafficking are entitled to a temporary residence permit.

* The numbers are provisional.

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