What is the change? The Immigration and Naturalisation Service has announced that it mistakenly issued 1,200-1,300 residence permits that lacked a key authenticating feature.

What does the change mean? The permits in question did not contain a perforated passport photo. IND has said it will send letters to those who were issued an incorrect permit. A new permit will then be made available for pick-up.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Residence permits.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals who were issued an incorrect residence permit.
  • Next steps: Foreign nationals who receive a letter should carry it with their residence permit until they are able to travel to the appropriate IND desk to pick up their new permit. The address of the IND desk where they can collect the permit will be included in the letter.

Background: Residence permits in the Netherlands normally include an ordinary passport photo and a perforated passport photo (i.e., a photo with small holes punched in it). The IND says the perforated photo is an important feature that helps prevent misuse, fraud and falsification. Those who received an incorrect permit will be contacted and issued a new permit at no charge, and they will also be compensated €25 for travel expenses.

Analysis & Comments: Those who receive a letter stating that they were issued an incorrect residence permit should follow the steps outlined above. Anyone with additional questions may contact Deloitte or call the IND’s information line at 088-0430430.

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