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Conditions of Temporary Protection for refugees from Ukraine

Last updated: 2/19/2024, 8:45 AM
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Have you fled to the Netherlands and have Ukrainian citizenship? Then you probably fall under the Temporary Protection Directive (TPD). This means that you are entitled to a place in a reception centre and medical care in the Netherlands. Read here about the conditions for refugees from Ukraine to receive protection in the Netherlands.

What is the Temporary Protection Directive?

The Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) means you are allowed to stay in the Netherlands for a certain period of time. Also, because of the Temporary Protection Directive, refugees from Ukraine are entitled to certain facilities in the Netherlands, such as:

  • A place in a reception centre

  • Medical care

  • The right to work

  • Education for minor children

How long are refugees from Ukraine entitled to Temporary Protection?

Refugees from Ukraine with a proof of residence from the

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Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND
) may be allowed to stay in the Netherlands at least until 4 March 2025.

If you do not have Ukrainian citizenship or did not have a permanent residence permit in Ukraine, different rules apply to you. In this case, the temporary protection for you will probably end on 4 March 2024.

The terms of the Temporary Protection Directive

You are covered by the Temporary Protection Directive if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • If you travelled from Ukraine on or after 27 November 2021, and have Ukrainian citizenship.

  • If you can prove that you were already in the Netherlands before 27 November 2021, and not in another EU country and have Ukrainian citizenship.

  • If on 23 February 2022, you were a refugee recognised by Ukraine and therefore do not have Ukrainian citizenship.

  • If you had a valid, permanent Ukrainian residence permit on 23 February 2022, and you did not leave Ukraine by 27 November 2021, and did not return to your country of origin after 23 February 2022.

  • If you are a partner, minor child or dependent relative of covered individuals.

  • You had a valid temporary Ukrainian residence permit on 23 February 2022 and you were registered with a Dutch municipality before 19 July 2022. In this case, you are entitled to temporary protection until 4 March 2024. After this date your right to temporary protection expires.

No right to Temporary Protection

You are not entitled to temporary protection if one of these points applies to you:

  • You have a temporary Ukrainian residence permit (e.g. for work or study) and are not registered with a Dutch municipality before 19 July 2022.

  • You have insufficient documents to prove that you are covered by Temporary Protection.

  • You filed an application for (inter)national protection in Ukraine, which has not yet been decided on.

  • You yourself have left the Netherlands for a country outside the EU. TPD is not a travel document. The customs of a non-EU country cannot let you enter because you do not have a travel document.

  • You used the remigration scheme of the

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    Repatriation & Departure Service.

Temporary protection in the Netherlands stops if you had a temporary residence permit in Ukraine

The highest court in the Netherlands,

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the Council of State (RvS),
has ruled that the temporary protection ends on 4 March 2024 for you if you had a temporary residence permit in Ukraine. Read below what that means for you.

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