IND application centre in the Dutch village of Ter Apel
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You will have a 1st interview with the IND in ter Apel
Last updated: 6/3/2024, 2:24 PM

Your 1st interview will be with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). During this interview, the IND will ask questions about you and your journey to the Netherlands. Read below about how you can prepare for the interview.

The invitation to the interview

You will receive an invitation for the 1st interview with the

IND
by post. You can pick up this post at the reception desk of your reception centre. There might even be a list at the reception desk of your reception centre with the '
V-nummers
' of people who have received post. At the reception desk, you need to show your identity card (
W-document
) to receive your post

You can also check online via MyCoa to see if there is post for you. If you type in your V-nummer there, you will see either a green or a red envelope. A green envelope means there is post for you. A red envelope means there is no post for you.

My COA
If you enter your 'V-nummer' (V-number) on COA's website, you can see if you have received mail at your reception centre.

The IND asks this during the interview

During the interview, the IND checks whether your information is correct. The IND will ask questions about you, your flight to the Netherlands and the composition of your family. The IND does not ask any further questions about the reasons during the first interview. In a second interview you will get the chance to explain this in detail.

This is what you need to know to prepare

It is very important that you say the same thing in the 2nd interview with the IND as you did in the 1st interview. For example, about your family members. Be honest about your family members during the interview. If you later want to apply for family reunification, the IND will check if you already talked about family members during this interview.

During all spoken interviews with the IND, you are allowed to take notes. You can make a timeline to remember important dates. If you cannot remember a date, be honest with the IND. During the interview with the IND, you can hand in documents that support your story.

No lawyer is present during this interview

This 1st interview with the IND you have alone, without a lawyer. You will only get a lawyer just before the 2nd interview. It is very important that you tell the IND the same things in the first interview as you will tell them in the second interview. For example, be honest about your family members during the interview. If you want to apply for family reunification later on, the IND will check if you have already told them about family members in this 1st interview.

You may bring notes during all verbal interviews. You can make a timeline to remember important dates. If you do not know any dates, be honest with the IND. During the interview with the IND, you can hand in documents that support your story.

There is an interpreter who speaks your language at the interview with the IND

The IND employee asks the questions in Dutch. The interpreter translates them for you. The interpreter also translates your answers into Dutch. The interpreter comes from your country of origin, is independent, does not work for the IND and has no influence on the decision about your asylum application. As interpreters are very busy, you might get an interpreter who speaks a different dialect. Tell me immediately if the interpreter and you cannot understand each other properly. As it is important that no misunderstandings arise because the interpreter and you do not understand each other well.

You may ask during the application interview for an interpreter who speaks in your dialect and ask for an interpreter of your own gender.

There are long waiting periods at the IND

You now wait an average of 15 weeks for your first interview with the IND.

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