Waiting for the 2nd interview with the IND

Last updated: 5/30/2023, 11:58 AM
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After the 1st interview with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), you have to wait for the 2nd interview. Use the waiting period to prepare yourself. The waiting period takes more than 1 year on average.

Hand in your documents during the waiting period

It is important to collect as many documents as possible during the waiting period that support your identity and your refugee story.

You will receive education from VWN

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explains what to expect during the procedure, and what your rights and obligations are. You will receive information alone or in a group with people who speak the same language as you.

VWN can also help you with legal support. And with gathering documents and evidence. Help from VWN is independent and free.

You might get a tuberculosis test

A nurse in the reception centre examines whether you have the disease tuberculosis. If necessary, the nurse will take an X-ray of your lungs. If you do have tuberculosis, you will be given medicine for this.

Your stay during the waiting period

Sometimes, during the waiting period, you are transferred several times to other reception centres in the Netherlands. This is because there is currently too little space in reception centres. Due to this, many

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temporary reception centres
are opened, which are often in use for a short time.

Some people have to wait longer than others

It is often unclear why some people are given a 2nd interview with the IND earlier than others. This has nothing to do with the country you come from.

VWN is trying to gain more clarity on this from the

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. As soon as VWN has the information, you will be able to read more about it here.

Long waiting times

Normally, after your 1st interview with the IND, you have to wait around 6 days for your 2nd interview. However, as the IND is currently understaffed to process asylum applications within that time, it takes a lot longer.

It often now takes longer than 1 year for your turn. You can use that time to make sure your 2nd interview goes as well as possible.

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