Did you just arrive in the Netherlands and are you wondering how to navigate legal procedures? These resources can help you with topics like asylum procedures, requesting a visa, legal support and assistance in case you wish to return to your country of origin.
Do I need a lawyer?
In most cases, you do not need a lawyer in the Netherlands. Going to court is usually the last solution to a legal problem. Do you have a legal question or do you need legal support? In that case you can contact the Juridisch Loket (Legal desk). They give free legal advice and can refer you to a lawyer or mediator if necessary.
How much does a lawyer cost?
Lawyers' rates vary per area of law and per firm, but on average a lawyer costs between 200 and 300 euros per hour. This price can also be higher.
What is a pro bono lawyer?
A pro bono lawyer is a lawyer who assists you, but is (partly) paid by the government. A pro bono lawyer has had the same training as any other lawyer and is therefore just as good. You are not always entitled to a pro bono lawyer. This depends on your income and capital and is assessed by the Legal Aid Board. If you are entitled to a pro bono lawyer, you pay a small contribution yourself and the rest is paid by the government. The amount of your own contribution depends on your case. For more information about pro bono lawyers, please visit the website of the Raad voor Rechtsbijstand.
Where can I go with a legal question?
Het Juridisch Loket (The Legal Help Desk) gives free first-line legal advice. For example about right of residence, work, dismissal, right to benefits, immigration law, housing, divorce or consumer law. Refugees from Ukraine can get legal advice during the walk-in consultancy hour, on the phone (0900-8020 €0.10 p/min) or by email, and if necessary make an appointment. Advice is available both in Dutch and in English.
Where can I find an asylum or migration lawyer?
Are you looking for a lawyer in the field of migration and/or asylum law? Then visit:
The website of Specialistenvereniging migratierecht advocaten (SVMA), that specialises in immigration, asylum and refugee law; or
The website of the Association of Asylum Lawyers and Lawyers in the Netherlands (VAJN) for lawyers providing legal assistance to refugees from Ukraine.
Who offers legal aid for children?
Below you will find information about organisations that ensure that the rights of children are respected:
Defence for Children advocates for the rights of all children, both at home and abroad. Through their Children's Rights Helpline, they provide legal support to children whose rights are in danger of being violated. Go to website
The Kiderombudsman monitors whether the rights of children are respected by the government and other organisations in the Netherlands. You can file a complaint if you have a problem with the government, your school or an organisation in the childcare, youth welfare or health sector. The contact details can be found on the website. Go to website