The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service announced that from January 1, 2023, new, more affordable fees for those who wish to stay in the country for various purposes began to operate in the country.
According to the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service, the government has decided to adjust the fees to reflect rising prices as well as changes in wage levels.
“From January 1, 2023, new fees apply. They are adjusted every year depending on price increases and wage indexation. There are a number of improvements in store for applicants this year,” the Immigration and Naturalization Service said in a statement.
According to the source, permits valid for five years will be available to foreigners, so they will not have to apply and also pay for renewal annually.
In addition to saving money for applicants, the authorities said the new rules will help them find work in the Netherlands, as well as integrate faster.
Among other changes, the Dutch authorities have decided to reduce the fee for self-employed persons applying for a residence permit and its renewal. The fee for the self-employed for obtaining a residence permit was reduced by almost four times compared to last year – from 1,446 euros to 350 euros.
Moreover, from January 1, 2023, the fee for those applying for a residence permit on humanitarian grounds has been reduced from EUR 1,109 to EUR 210, and the renewal fee for this category of applicants has been reduced from EUR 397 to EUR 210.
At the same time, the cost of obtaining a residence permit for witnesses reporting on human trafficking and any form of violence has also decreased – from 410 to 210 euros.