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This is how the Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) works

Last updated: 5/22/2023, 11:45 AM
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If you had to flee from Ukraine because of the Russian invasion, you may fall under Temporary Protection in the Netherlands. That means that special rules apply to you. For example, you do not have to apply for the usual asylum procedure, and you can live and work in the Netherlands.

Validity Temporary Protection

The Dutch government has announced that refugees from Ukraine with a proof of residence from the Immigration and Naturalisation Services (IND) will be allowed to stay in the Netherlands at least until 4 March 2024. This can be extended by the Dutch government up to 4 March 2025.

Please note: since 19 July, people of other nationalities who had a temporary Ukrainian residence permit on 23 February 2022 are no longer covered by the Temporary Protection Directive. Their temporary protection ends on 4 September 2023. For them, a temporary extension of remigration support has been created.

The Temporary Protection Directive applies to:

  • Ukrainians who left Ukraine on or after 27 November 2021.

  • Ukrainians who can prove that they were already in the Netherlands before 27 November 2021 and not in another EU country.

  • people of other nationalities who, on 23 February 2022, were refugees recognised by Ukraine.

  • people with other nationalities who held a valid, permanent Ukrainian residence permit on 23 February 2022 and who did not: leave Ukraine by 27 November 2021 or returned to the country of origin by 23 February 2022.

  • the partners, under-aged children and dependent relatives of persons covered by the regulation.


Some people are not covered by the Temporary Protection Directive. Furthermore, you can only apply for Temporary Protection in one country at a time. You can read more about this below.

No Temporary Protection
Temporary Protection in another country
Fled from Russia
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