Some amusing things I learned staring at IND.nl’s Residence Wizard:
- I need a Regular Provisional Residence Permit (mvv)… oh wait, no I don’t. Americans are exempt.
- I need a tuberculosis exam… oh wait, no I don’t. Americans are exempt.
- I need to take the civic integreation examination (on Dutch language and society)… oh wait, no I don’t. Americans are exempt. (At least in the beginning.)
- Regular Provisional Residence Permit (mvv) is a separate thing from a residence permit (temporary, continuous, or permanent). Couldn’t use a different translation for mvv, huh?
- Everything costs money. And no, you can’t get out of the fees. (Duh. I have to wonder who is reading this form thinking they actually can.)
- I need to report to the police in the municipal authority where I am staying within 3 working days of arriving.
- The first residence permit type I apply for is temporary – within 8 days of arriving.
- I need health insurance that covers me in the Netherlands if I want a residence permit… I seriously hope I don’t need to get health insurance in that 3 working day window when I first arrive. 😉 Doubtful though.
- I get a sticker on my passport to say that I am lawfully residing in the Netherlands. Suh-weet.
- “The IND [immigration office] will assess your application for a residence permit. This procedure may take some time. … The IND can, in principle, take 6 months to make a decision.” Ouch.
- If I manage to get a temporary residence permit, I need to reapply before it expires at the end of the first year, and the following year, etc.
- After 3 years I can apply for a continuous residence permit.
- After 5 years I can apply for a permanent residence permit – if I take and pass the civic integration examination. (Really? You let me hang out for 5 years before you decide to test my Dutch? I would think it should be sooner — but I’ll hold my tongue.)
Also within the document I found a website, though I haven’t peeked at it much yet: