Free term and short stay visa
In 2017, the European Union concluded an association agreement with Ukraine. Thanks to a regulation, Ukrainians with a biometric passport are allowed to stay in the Netherlands for 90 days. This is called the free term. It is possible for Ukrainians with ordinary passports to apply for a short stay visa. This also gives a 90-day stay in the Netherlands. To be eligible for the free term and a short stay visa, all the conditions of the Schengen Borders Code must be met.
Temporary protection under the Directive (2001/55/EC)
Under the Temporary Protection Directive in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons, documented people from Ukrainia who were displaced on or since 24 February 2022 can receive temporary protection.The purpose of this Directive is to provide immediate and collective protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons from third countries who are unable to return to their country of origin.
If there are valid reasons to become a victim of persecution or indiscriminate violence in situations of an armed conflict in the country of origin, an asylum application can be submitted. People who apply for asylum in the Netherlands are entitled to a procedure and reception. Since February 28, for a period of 6 months, no decisions will be made on Ukrainian asylum applications and no Ukrainians will be deported if the residence application is rejected.
Reception, registration and medical care
Special reception locations are currently being opened in various Dutch municipalities. These reception locations offer sleeping places for people with Ukrainian nationality, including people with a Ukrainian residence permit. Everyone who is entitled to stay in Ukraine is now entitled to reception by the municipality. The municipalities will soon start registering Ukrainians in the Personal Records Database (BRP).
Flexible conditions for a residence permit
Temporary Ukrainians can apply for a residence permit without a provisional residence permit (MVV). This is possible if there is already lawful residence in the Netherlands on the basis of a short stay visa or during the free term and all conditions for the residence permit are met. There is currently an exemption from the basic civic integration exam abroad.
Members of the SVMA specialize in immigration, asylum and refugee law. The lawyers can advise on residence rights in the Netherlands.
There are still many things unclear about the right of residence, reception and facilities for people who have fled Ukraine. On this page we provide information as far as it is currently known. We will revise this information as changes occur.
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