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You are waiting for the 2nd interview with the IND

Last updated: 6/3/2024, 2:25 PM

After the 1st interview with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), you have to wait for the 2nd interview with the IND. You can use this waiting period as time to prepare. The waiting period takes an average of 37 weeks.

Collect your documents during the waiting period

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

You will receive information from VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (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

Sometimes you will be given a tuberculosis test - this depends on your country of origin. 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.

Always come to the tuberculosis test. If you do not get tested, the IND may stop your procedure. So make sure you come to the appointment.

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.

There is a long waiting period for the 2nd interview

Normally, after your 1st interview with the IND, you have to wait for about 6 days for your 2nd interview. However, as the IND is busy, it now takes an average of 37 weeks until you have a 2nd interview with the IND.

Some people have to wait longer than others. It is often not clear why some people are up for the 2nd interview with the IND before others. It can sometimes be related to your country of origin, but this is not always the case. 

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