Netherlands Approves Residence Permit Expiration Extensions

Effective February 15, 2024, visa-exempt nationals are permitted to remain in the Netherlands for up to 90 days immediately after the expiration of their residence permit. It will no longer be necessary to first leave the Schengen area.

  • The foreign national does not have to submit an application for the 90-day visa-exempt period, but must meet all the requirements for a short-stay visa.
  • This new benefit does not apply if the foreign national’s residence permit has been withdrawn or if a return decision has been issued.

The sponsor (i.e., employer, spouse, parent) of the holder of the expired residence permit is responsible for any costs of returning to the country of origin for up to one year after expiry or cancellation.

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