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Key Points

  • The government of the Netherlands is currently experiencing delays in appointments for immigration applications and the issuance of work and residence visas
  • New hours were introduced to Immigration and Nationalization Service offices to account for delays


On April 29, 2022, the government of the Netherlands announced prolonged wait times for appointments with the country’s immigration authorities and the processing of work and residence permits. In response to these delays, the government has expanded the business hours of the Immigration and Nationalization Service (IND). The government is also exploring the possibility of delivering residence documents to an applicant’s home address in exceptional cases.

What are the Changes?

The government of the Netherlands is experiencing long wait times for immigration appointments and the issuance of work and residence permits due to an increased number of applications. The hours for IND offices have been expanded to include Saturdays to accommodate the increase in application submissions.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of the Netherlands’ website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Immigration and Naturalization Service, Ministry of Justice and Security the Netherlands

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