Naturalisation: no changes to 5 year term requirement

Today, October 3, 2018 Dutch Senate has voted against changing residence term requirement for naturalisation from 5 to 7 years.
For the past 2 years this issue has been discussed in the government, House of Representatives (Tweede kamer) has voted in favor of the change, but during the Senate vote this was overruled with the majority winning by 1 (one) vote only.


IND: Decision on family members within 2 weeks now

It is not unusual for family members of highly skilled migrants to come to the Netherlands later than the highly skilled migrant. In order to make this run smoothly, there is the so-called application for a journey in connection with family reunification for the recognised sponsors. The decision period for this procedure is now officially 2 weeks. The 2-week decision period only applies if the following 3 requirements have been met:

  1. Application is submitted by the employer;
  2. Employee pays the fee by direct debit;
  3. The application is complete.

If the application has not been submitted by a recognised sponsor and / or if the fee has not been paid by direct debit, the decision period for the application remains 3 months. If the application submitted by the recognized sponsor is not complete, the 2-week period for making a decision will not apply until the IND has received the missing documents.