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Resident's Permit

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Resident's Permit

Post Posted: Wed May 11, 2005 4:19 pm

HI all Expats in Holland!!

Just a little information and a little celebrating for myself!! I just got word that my Resident's Permit has been issued. This will be for my renewal which hopefully will be for 5 years.

To this who are waiting for permits or wondering about the process...here is my story:
I am an American and came to the Netherlands in Dec. 2003. I did not recieve my first permit until August of 2004 and it expired in Jan. of 2005..haha. So another 285 euros later and 5 months, I finally have notice of my permit approval!!! Its not a quick process, but waiting 5 months for my renewal wasn't as bad as some of the stories I have heard so I consider myself very lucky!!
Martha

 

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Post Posted: Wed May 11, 2005 5:19 pm

Congratulations, Martha. Good to hear you're still legal!

Cheers,

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 8:48 pm

Congratulations Martha. I've just started the epic journy to NL residency myself and am praying it won''t take a year!

Can you elaborate on why it took so long and any issues you encountered that slowed the process down. Any tips?

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:37 am

Renee,
Thanks!
Actually, I really didn't encounter any obstacles along the way.. the IND is just slow slow slow!!! Expect to take 9 months to receive your first permit, if it comes sooner, then you will be happy. Also, when you do receive it, it will be back dated to when you applied 9 months ago, so you will need to start the renewal process almost immediately. At least when you get the permit, you can get your sofi number and open a bank account. It took almost 6 months to get my next permit but its for 5 years. So just be patient and keep checking on it after about 3 months to make sure you are in the "system". They do tend to "loose" people!
Martha

 

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Re: Resident's Permit

Post Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 3:56 am

Ok thanks for the info...Rens and I had a lawyer help us with the application to ensure we had all bases covered. The lady at the community office who processed our application said it will probably take around 6 months which really took us by surprise but it sounds like that is pretty standard.

What did you do about the standard 3 month tourist visa expiring? Did you take a holiday outside of the EU and come back again?

And are you working here now? If so how did you deal with the very strict working visa situation?

Cheers


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Re: Resident's Permit

Post Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 4:45 am

Renee,
I did go out of the country while I was waiting for my resident's permit and my passport time (3 months) had passed. I called and asked if I would have problems or needed something and they said No. And no one even noticed when I went thru customs both here and in the U.S.

No I am not working here. I could not work,of course, until I had gotten my permit. I would love to work temporary or part time and even full time if something came along. But because of my age, 55, it is very very hard to get a job here in Holland with the work contracts and my age.
And my dutch is almost nil so that doesn't help. So I keep busy gardening (which I never ever did before), housekeeping and meeting up with other english speaking expat women for lunch/shopping.

Martha

 

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Re: Resident's Permit

Post Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 5:14 am

So I keep busy gardening (which I never ever did before), housekeeping and meeting up with other english speaking expat women for lunch/shopping.



...and helping out here!

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