Dutch Immigration Part VI
After going over your checklist of paperwork a couple dozen times, you may finally feel like you are all set to submit your application. Time to make an appointment with the IND! Call the IND number at 0900-1234561 if you are in the Netherlands, or use this number from abroad: + 31 20 8893045. Make sure you have some time to wait on hold.
|Rotterdam IND. Photo from ind.nl|
I wasn't asked too many questions over the phone. I explained I needed an appointment to apply for a residence permit under the DAFT. They needed my contact information and gave me a case number.
When it was time for me to visit the IND desk, I headed to Rotterdam with a Dutch friend who volunteered to come with me. Turns out it didn't hurt to have her along. She helped me find the office and once inside, we found several consoles with information to direct us where to go. She read through the Dutch menus and determined which section we needed to wait in. We also needed to take a number, even with an appointment, and we sat in the waiting area near the correct section of desks. It took maybe 20 minutes before my number was called.
The IND agent was a stern looking young woman who was fluent in English. I explained why I was there and handed over my application. She methodically sorted through it. She informed me I needed to pay the application fee at the kassa (cash register). My bank card was the easiest way to pay the €600 fee, and when I returned I was surprised to find the stern woman had softened quite a bit. Later my friend told me they had a pleasant conversation in Dutch, and I realized speaking the native language (or having Dutch friends who will help you out until you learn the language yourself) will make life easier here.
I showed the agent my receipt for payment and she took my passport to place a sticker inside, which she initialed and stamped. The sticker allowed me to stay for up to 6 months. It also included my V-number, which is needed for any further dealings with the IND. For instance, the agent explained that at any point I could call to check on the progress of my application using the V-number. After I got the sticker, the agent wished me good luck and I was on my way.
Next: The Residence Permit
SUMMARY OF PAPERWORK FOR THIS STEPIND Application (form, KVK extract, bank statement, proof of health insurance, photos if needed, business plan)