Temporary residence permits; purpose of stay and nationality

Temporary residence permits; purpose of stay and nationality

Nationality Periods Asylum residence permit Total residence permits asylum (Number) Asylum residence permit Refugee status / Beneficiary status (Number) Asylum residence permit Humanitarian reasons (Number) Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Total ordinary residence permit (Number) Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Family reunification / formation Total family reunification / formation (Number) Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Family reunification / formation Husband / wife (Number) Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Family reunification / formation Child under 18 (Number) Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Family reunification / formation Other family reunification (Number) Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Study (Number) Ordinary permit by purpose of stay Labour: employee or self-employed person Total labour (Number)
Total 2020* 14,045 9,200 4,850 59,465 28,870 12,585 11,690 4,595 11,645 13,345
Afghan 2020* 375 230 150 425 375 165 100 115 20 5
Albanian 2020* 0 0 0 245 80 35 25 20 85 25
Algerian 2020* 5 5 0 105 75 40 10 25 5 10
American 2020* 15 10 5 4,285 1,760 1,020 655 85 850 1,435
Angolan 2020* 0 0 0 45 30 5 15 15 0 0
Argentinian 2020* 0 0 0 285 100 50 25 25 25 85
Armenian 2020* 5 5 0 145 75 30 30 20 25 10
Australian 2020* 0 0 0 835 250 140 75 35 55 200
Azerbaijani 2020* 20 10 10 225 70 20 30 15 65 70
Bengali 2020* 5 0 0 400 90 55 30 5 265 40
Bhutanese 2020* 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 5 0
Bolivian 2020* 0 0 0 35 15 5 5 5 5 5
Bosnian 2020* 0 0 0 120 80 40 25 15 15 10
Brazilian 2020* 0 0 0 2,000 815 495 220 105 170 535
Burundian 2020* 5 5 0 25 15 5 5 5 5 0
Canadian 2020* 0 0 0 945 265 160 75 30 175 260
Chilean 2020* 0 0 0 215 70 40 25 10 55 50
Chinese 2020* 100 75 25 5,045 1,060 470 525 65 2,020 1,840
Colombian 2020* 35 25 5 625 230 130 40 60 135 120
Congolese 2020* 5 0 5 25 15 0 10 5 5 0
Congolese (Democratic Republic) 2020* 10 0 10 50 45 5 20 20 5 0
Costa Rican 2020* 0 0 0 85 40 25 5 5 20 20
Cuban 2020* 10 10 0 70 45 25 10 15 5 20
Dominican (from Republic) 2020* 0 0 0 125 105 25 25 55 5 5
Ecuadorian 2020* 0 0 0 115 30 15 10 5 40 20
Egyptian 2020* 80 45 35 840 425 175 180 70 175 170
Eritrean 2020* 1,605 495 1,110 1,475 1,465 15 1,075 370 5 5
Ethiopian 2020* 25 10 15 190 100 20 50 25 60 25
Philippine 2020* 0 0 0 1,225 560 335 150 80 70 100
Gambian 2020* 10 10 0 105 80 40 20 20 5 5
Georgian 2020* 5 5 0 125 30 10 15 10 55 20
Ghanaian 2020* 0 0 0 510 355 125 145 85 75 35
Guinean 2020* 35 30 5 75 55 5 25 25 0 0
Haitian 2020* 0 0 0 20 15 5 5 5 0 0
Indian 2020* 0 0 0 7,635 3,375 1,675 1,670 35 1,285 2,900
Indonesian 2020* 0 0 0 1,360 510 300 150 60 625 145
Iraqi 2020* 400 255 145 475 410 95 85 230 5 5
Iranian 2020* 540 370 170 1,275 545 365 150 30 265 415
Israeli 2020* 0 0 0 310 110 40 55 20 50 75
Ivorian 2020* 5 5 0 30 15 0 10 5 0 0
Japanese 2020* 0 0 0 1,305 595 265 320 10 120 545
Yemeni 2020* 1,055 615 440 130 90 15 50 30 15 15
Jordanian 2020* 25 15 10 125 55 30 15 15 40 20
Cape Verdean 2020* 0 0 0 65 35 10 10 15 0 0
Cameroonian 2020* 5 5 0 105 45 20 15 10 40 15
Kazakh 2020* 5 5 0 205 55 25 25 5 105 35
Kenyan 2020* 0 0 0 195 85 45 30 10 65 30
Kuwaiti 2020* 0 0 0 15 5 0 0 0 0 5
Kosovar 2020* 0 0 0 90 55 35 10 10 15 10
Croatian 2020* 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lebanese 2020* 25 15 10 250 90 45 25 20 85 60
Liberian 2020* 5 0 0 40 5 0 5 0 30 0
Libyan 2020* 30 25 5 25 5 0 5 0 5 5
Macedonian 2020* 0 0 0 205 70 30 30 10 35 35
Maldivian 2020* 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Malaysian 2020* 0 0 0 200 80 40 30 10 45 65
Moroccan 2020* 20 10 10 1,835 1,440 820 220 395 55 70
Mexican 2020* 0 0 0 720 200 135 45 20 230 205
Moldavian 2020* 5 0 0 70 20 10 5 5 15 10
Mongolian 2020* 0 0 0 25 5 0 0 5 5 5
Myanmarese 2020* 10 10 0 30 10 5 5 0 15 0
Nepalese 2020* 5 5 5 115 40 20 15 0 40 25
New Zealand 2020* 0 0 0 285 70 45 20 5 15 70
Nigerian 2020* 30 25 5 630 270 75 105 95 190 75
Uzbek 2020* 5 0 0 50 15 5 10 0 25 5
Omani 2020* 0 0 0 55 10 0 5 0 40 5
Pakistani 2020* 310 195 115 685 350 175 145 25 115 135
Peruvian 2020* 0 0 0 215 85 55 15 20 65 30
Russian 2020* 95 75 20 2,040 855 500 305 45 515 510
Rwandan 2020* 0 0 0 55 15 5 10 5 30 5
Salvadorean 2020* 0 0 0 20 15 5 5 0 5 5
Saudi Arabian 2020* 5 5 0 95 60 15 40 0 20 15
Citizen of Serbia 2020* 0 0 0 420 205 100 80 25 50 90
Sierra Leonan 2020* 10 10 0 100 55 5 25 20 25 0
Singaporean 2020* 0 0 0 150 50 30 15 5 55 40
Sudanese 2020* 135 60 70 120 80 30 40 10 25 5
Somali 2020* 90 55 35 105 95 20 35 40 5 0
Sri Lankan 2020* 20 15 5 125 70 45 20 5 35 15
Surinamese 2020* 0 0 0 1,090 865 430 205 230 160 25
Syrian 2020* 6,155 4,620 1,535 1,880 1,825 140 1,400 290 20 20
Taiwanese 2020* 0 0 0 620 145 80 60 5 265 120
Tanzanian 2020* 0 0 0 55 20 5 10 10 20 5
Thai 2020* 0 0 0 565 350 255 70 25 70 55
Togolese 2020* 0 0 0 15 15 5 5 0 0 0
Tunisian 2020* 5 5 0 200 125 75 20 25 15 45
Turkish 2020* 1,765 1,175 590 4,410 2,635 1,545 875 215 670 870
Ugandan 2020* 50 20 30 140 65 15 30 20 35 10
Venezuelan 2020* 25 20 10 175 80 35 15 25 10 25
Vietnamese 2020* 0 0 0 680 210 125 65 20 370 75
Belorussian 2020* 5 5 0 265 125 75 50 5 40 80
Zambian 2020* 0 0 0 45 10 5 5 0 25 10
Zimbabwean 2020* 0 0 0 125 20 10 5 5 75 25
South African 2020* 0 0 0 1,855 790 380 335 75 105 575
South Korean 2020* 0 0 0 805 210 110 95 5 380 135
Swiss 2020* 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 5
Stateless 2020* 310 165 145 295 260 10 220 30 15 5
Unknown 2020* 455 380 75 1,320 1,285 30 460 795 10 5
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table shows the number of temporary residence permits granted for the first time. Permits are differentiated by purpose and the nationality of the persons concerned. Permits are differentiated by purpose and the nationality of the persons concerned. This table contains both asylum permits and ordinary residence permits. Ordinary permits are given to non-Dutch persons mainly for work, study, family reunification, or family formation. Children of non-Dutch persons, born in the Netherlands and not in the possession of the Dutch nationality also need a residence permit. Since April 2014, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service also issues combined permits for residence and work: single permits (GGVA). These are included in the table since 2014. All permits in the table have a validity period of three months or more.

Data available from: 2008.

Status of the figures:
The figures for 2020 are provisional. For other years they are final. It occurs occasionally that figures are to be revised if new information becomes available. When this is the case the new information will be included in the figures.

Changes as of June 2021:
None, this a new table

When will new figures be published?
New figures for 2021 will be available in June 2022.

Description topics

Asylum residence permit
Individuals whose asylum request is granted, receive a residence permit for asylum. An asylum residence permit may cover an asylum application from the same or from a previous year.

Figures include invited refugees until 2011 (approximately 500 per year).
Total residence permits asylum
Figures include invited refugees until 2011 (approximately 500 per year)
Refugee status / Beneficiary status
Refugee status: the recognition of a third country national or a stateless person as a refugee.

Beneficiary status: is granted to someone who does not qualify for the status of refugee and who has a chance of serious risk by returning to their home land. For example: if they are a victim of punishment, torture, indiscriminate violence in an armed conflict etc.

Including invited refugees until 2011 (approximately 500 per year).

Humanitarian reasons
Besides admission under international treaties, it is possible that someone is granted a residence permit on the basis of national politics. This is particularly the case when someone has suffered traumatic experiences. This person receives a permit based on compelling humanitarian reasons.

Ordinary permit by purpose of stay
Individuals whose request for a regular permit has been granted receive an ordinary permit. They did not come here for asylum, but for example to work, to study, for family reunification or for family formation. Non-Dutch persons who want to stay in the Netherlands for more three months and are not EU, EER or Swiss nationals, need a residence permit.
Total ordinary residence permit
Family reunification / formation
Residence permit which is granted in connection with family reunion.

Family reunification:
One or more family members are settling in the Netherlands to be reunited and live with their families who have emigrated in the past.

Family formation:
This may concern marriage, relationship and children under 18. It is for people who come to the Netherlands for marriage, registered partnership or live with a partner already in the Netherlands (with whom this person has never lived before).

Total family reunification / formation
Residence permit which is granted in connection with family reunion.

Family reunification:
This means that one or more family members are settling in the Netherlands to be reunited and live with their families who have emigrated in the past.

Family formation:
People who come to the Netherlands for marriage, registered partnership or live with a partner already in the Netherlands (with whom this person has never lived before).
Husband / wife
Husband or wife, registered partner or unmarried partner.
Child under 18
Child under 18
Other family reunification
Other not previously mentioned relatives such as parents or adult children.
Study
Residence permit granted for study. The residence permit must be requested at the school where the person wishes to study.
Labour: employee or self-employed person
Total labour