Frequently asked questions
If the application to extend your residence permit was submitted after you residence permit has already expired, you may be faced with a residence gap. A residence gap means that the validity of your residence permits is not continuous. To start an application for permanent residence or a request for Dutch citizenship you must have 5 years continuous residence. With a residence gap your residence is not continuous anymore. You again have to build up 5 years of continuous residence. Please note that a residence gap does not necessarily affect your residence permit extension application.
You can apply for a residence endorsement sticker at the IND desk. You will need to schedule an appointment at the IND to get an endorsement sticker. This sticker is placed in your passport. With this sticker you can prove that you are allowed to live in the Netherlands. You are not allowed to travel outside of the Netherlands with a residence endorsement sticker. The residence endorsement sticker is free of charge. You can read more about this on the IND’s residence endorsement sticker webpage.
If your current residence permit will still be valid on the day you return to the Netherlands, then you should be able to travel back to the Netherlands. You will need a valid travel document, for example a passport. You also have to take your residence permit with you when travelling.
If your current residence permit has expired and you have not received your new residence permit, then sometimes a return visa is needed to return to the Netherlands. You will need to schedule an appointment at the IND to get a return visa before you go on holiday. The return visa costs money. You can read more about the return visa and the cost on the IND’s return visa webpage.
You can continue to work for 16 hours a week or full time during the summer months (June, July and August) as long as the IND received the application to extend your residence permit before the expiration date of your previous residence permit.