The Dutch government has announced appointment delays at the Immigration and Naturalization Services (IND).

Key Points:

  • Applicants should expect significant delays when booking an appointment to collect a residence permit or have their biometrics taken.
  • Dutch authorities have urged individuals with questions to contact IND by telephone because fewer employees are available to answer e-mails at this time.
  • More information regarding the immigration delays is available here.

BAL Analysis: Dutch authorities cited the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions, an increase of foreign nationals wanting to live and work in the Netherlands and a labor shortage as reasons for the appointment delays.

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