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These are your options if you are not entitled to temporary protection
Last updated: 6/25/2024, 8:19 AM

Did you flee from Ukraine and not fall under temporary protection? Or were you under temporary protection but it has stopped since 4 March 2024? Read here what you can do.

It is not clear whether I am entitled to temporary protection

Is it not clear whether you are entitled to Temporary Protection? Then the municipality will contact the

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Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)
to schedule an appointment with you. On the basis of your documents, the IND will determine whether or not you will receive protection in the Netherlands. It is therefore important to bring all your documents with you to your appointment with the IND.

These are your options if you are not entitled to temporary protection or if your temporary protection has ended

Has your right to temporary protection been denied or stopped by the

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Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)
? Then you can explore several options for staying in the Netherlands. These are your options:

1. You can appeal the IND's decision.

Has your temporary protection stopped? Then you can always appeal the

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return decision
of the IND. VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (VWN) can help you find a lawyer.

Contact with VluchtelingenWerk
Are you unable to make an appointment with the IND through the municipality? Please contact VluchtelingenWerk

2. You can apply for asylum in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, you always have the right to seek asylum. From the moment you apply for asylum, you fall under asylum law. Have you been rejected for temporary protection? Then you have 2 weeks to apply for asylum in Ter Apel.

The asylum procedure
On this page you can read what the conditions for an asylum permit are and how the asylum procedure works in the Netherlands.

3. You can apply for a regular residence permit

Residence permits other than asylum permits also exist in the Netherlands. These are regular permits. For example, for work or study.  

Regular residence permit
You can find information about a regular residence permit here

4. You can return to your country of origin

Are you a refugee from Ukraine but not entitled to temporary protection? Then the

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International Organization for Migration (IOM)
can help you return to your country of origin. The IOM provides information and advice.

International Organization for Migration
This page tells you how to get help with your return to your country of origin.

5. You can live in the Netherlands without a residence permit

Have you fled Ukraine but are not entitled to temporary protection? Then you can stay in the Netherlands without a residence permit. You can read information about this in English, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, Somali, Tigrinya and Turkish. This information is not available in Ukrainian and Russian.

Living in the Netherlands without a residence permit
On this page you can read about living in the Netherlands without a residence permit.

You can return to the Netherlands in some cases

Did you leave the Netherlands because the IND sent you a letter telling you to leave the Netherlands? If so, you do not have an entry ban. This means that you can return to the Netherlands with a regular permit on the basis of, for example, work or study or family. You apply for such a permit before you plan to come to the Netherlands.

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Step-by-step plan

This is what you need to arrange if you fall under the Temporary Protection Directive