Migration – The Netherlands

1. Entering The Netherlands
2. Staying in The Netherlands
3. Leaving The Netherlands

The following section, Migration – The Netherlands, contains information on conditions which women must fulfil in order to obtain a residence permit and – where applicable – a work permit in the Netherlands.

The section is divided into three parts. Part 1 (Entering the Netherlands) gives details of conditions under which a migrant may legally enter the Netherlands. In most cases she can apply for a visa which permits her to enter the country and to remain there for a limited period of time. This initial residence permit – in the form of a visa – is described in Part 1 (Entering the Netherlands). Possibilities for entry into the country vary according to the purpose of the intended stay, and are detailed separately in the text by reason for staying (1. Tourist, 2. Work, 3. Marriage, 4. Student, 5. Au Pair). Information is given regarding conditions for entry, documents required, and the duration of the visa, as well as regarding whether or not the woman who holds the visa is permitted to work.

Part 2 (Staying in the Netherlands) indicates the length of time and the conditions under which the woman may, having legally entered the country, extend her stay in the Netherlands, as well as conditions under which the initial residence permit – mostly obtained in the form of a visa – can be extended. As in Part 1, the section is divided into categories according to the different reasons for staying. In addition, it contains information regarding possibilities for obtaining Dutch citizenship.

Part 3 (Leaving the Netherlands), paragraph 1 (Reasons), indicates reasons which may lead to the woman’s being forced to re-depart the country. Paragraph 2 (Consequences) contains information regarding consequences for a woman who is expelled or deported from the Netherlands, and whether this is likely to become problematic if she subsequently wishes to re-enter the Netherlands.

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