Apply for Asylum as Refugees in Netherlands

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Asylum seeker

You wish to apply for asylum in the Netherlands. If you apply for asylum, you are officially asking the Dutch Government for a residence permit. You need this residence permit to be allowed to stay in the Netherlands.
​First, you must register as an asylum seeker at the application centre in Ter Apel. Ter Apel is a village in the north east of the Netherlands. You can usually also submit your asylum application there. You will also find out when and where your asylum procedure will start. During this procedure, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will assess whether or not you will be granted a residence permit.
Did you fly to the Netherlands? Then you can report to the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. They will register your personal details and bring you to the Schiphol Registration Centre near Amsterdam. There you will usually also submit your application for asylum. And you will hear when and where your asylum procedure will start.
When will you be given a residence permit? And what does the asylum procedure involve?


 You may be granted a residence permit if you meet one of the following conditions:
  • In your country of origin, you have real reasons to fear persecution because of your race, religion, nationality, political convictions or because you belong to a particular social group.
  • You have real reasons to fear the death penalty or execution, torture or other inhuman or humiliating treatment in your country of origin.
  • You have real reasons to fear that you will be a victim of random violence due to an armed conflict in your country of origin.
  • Your husband/wife, partner, father, mother or minor child has recently received an asylum residence permit in the Netherlands.

Application costs

Submitting an application for a temporary asylum residence permit is free of charge.


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